Playmatters – Children’s Counselling and Creative Therapy

 

What’s a “Creative Arts” Therapist?

It’s not just talk.

When you come and see me there will be lots of creative ways you can “show me” how you feel. There will be pens and paper for you to draw, toys and puppets to tell stories with, and games we can play. Sometimes it’s hard to just come right out and say what’s wrong, there may be no words to describe it, so using pictures and other characters to talk things through can be a good way to help you express your feelings.

 

What exactly do I help with?

All sorts.

Sometimes it can be about dealing with strong or difficult feelings. Maybe you’re going through difficult family situations — such as divorce, the death of someone close, or a serious health problem. I can help if there has been abuse, violence, or a disaster.

Sometimes it could be like you’re feeling nothing, you feel numb and withdrawn so it’s difficult to even speak, I can help with that too.

I can help with things like bullying and getting on with people better, as well as boyfriend/girlfriend issues. I can also help with things at school and related stress and anxiety, self-harming behaviour and depression.

If something is getting in the way of you enjoying life than it matters so, whatever it is (even if you don’t exactly know!), talking to a therapist can help.

How will our time together work?

It usually starts with a phone call or email to arrange for us to meet.

Our first meeting is an assessment session and lasts 30 minutes. This is time for us to get to know each other and I can answer any questions you may have. You will come into the room with me, and if you’re okay with it, your with parent/s will come in with you. We will spend the time together exploring the space with me, while your parents, whether in the room or not, will be asked to fill out some forms. At the end of the 30 minutes we will all decide together if we think therapy, me and my way of working would be helpful to you.

After the initial session, if you decide to go ahead, you will usually be offered a minimum of 10 sessions which will take place at a set time and day each week. Each of these sessions will last 50 minutes. In these sessions the time is all yours and your parent will wait for you outside the room while we work together inside.

Will you tell my parents what I say?

No, and you don’t have to either.

What goes on in your therapy session will be kept just between us. The only time I will have to tell someone is when I think you’re at risk in some way so that you can get the extra support you need. All the artwork and things you make in your session will also stay with me. Therapy is all about keeping you safe.

Does going to a therapist mean there’s something wrong with me?

No, it means you’re taking care of yourself.

Problems come up in everybody’s life. Sometimes, you can work out a problem on your own or with the help of a parent, teacher, or someone close. Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to someone we see all the time, they can be too close to it and us. Sometimes a problem seems too big to handle even with their help. Whatever’s going on, seeing a therapist in circumstances where you are struggling can be helpful. When a therapist listens and understands what you’re going through, it can help you cope, feel supported, and more confident about better times ahead. It’s a positive step towards taking care of you and that’s a very important thing to do. So if you need support with anything and you think therapy could be helpful to you then please feel free to ask your parent to get in touch.