Phone: 07946 218342
Common Sense Counselling
Suite 1, Second Floor, Old Town Hall,
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
Therapy for children, adolescents and teenagers through the arts
has four stages. These stages are not fixed in the time they take to process and are dependent upon the individual, their emotional maturity and the underlying reasons they maybe struggling to express themselves or feel overwhelmed by their feelings.
This is only a guide for those who need a clearly defined
sense of the process.
Stage 1 — Identifying the ‘self’
Stage 2 — Helping the child tell their story.
Stage 3 — Enabling the child to process their feelings.
Stage 4 — Empowering the child to make choices.
Ruth is trained in Child and Adolescent Therapy through the Arts and uses it as a creatively based approach to counselling.
It is semi-structured, involving play for yournger children and creative exploration for older children and adolescents.
Her practise incoporates a number of therapy styles
depending upon the needs of the client -
these include CBT, Person centred, Gestalt, and coaching.
We explore elements of their lives at their own pace and on a regular basis. This approach gives young people an opportunity to explore their feelings and the different ways they can express themselves creatively, giving themselves a voice and constructive strategies to manage overwhelming anxiety.
It gives them a safe and confidential place to do this
with a professional who can support with advice and guidance where it is needed, at a level they are ready to process and work with, and to empower them in their own communications
outside the therapy room.
Each session will start and finish in the same way. This clear routine, and closure at the end of each visit, ensures anything difficult can be held within the therapy session.
The content of each session will be increasingly defined by the young person engaged in the therapy. This enables them to take ownership of the process for their future wellbeing and empowering them to take strategies and skills into their life independently and with confidence.