Art therapists work with students who have a variety of needs. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy.
Art therapists are skilled in assessment and interventions of social, emotional and cognitively impaired students. Art therapy has been shown to enhance cognitive abilities, improve social skills and encourage self esteem in children.
What student populations benefit from art therapy?
Suitable referrals for art therapy might be those who are experiencing
- Adverse reactions to major life changes, transitions and events
- Anxieties or emotional distress that impairs normal daily functioning
- Behavioural difficulties
- Difficulty in coping with separation, loss or significant changes in parental figures
- Impaired functioning at school
- Inclusion of special needs and learning difficulties
- Mild to moderate fears, using avoidant behaviours
- Prolonged disturbed sleep patterns
- Self harm
- Significant mood changes
- Significant changes in eating habits that could threaten emotional and physical welfare
What we do
We collaborate with parents and school personnel in order to understand a child’s developmental challenges and issues in relation to learning, behaviour and emotional wellbeing.
We use a variety of assessment methods to evaluate:
- Cognitive and emotional development
- Academic strengths/weaknesses
- Interpersonal relationships
We work closely with students, staff and families to help solve conflicts, learning and adjustment challenges.
- Individual sessions
- Group therapy
- Parent/staff workshops, training and consultancy