The Art Therapy space is a place where a child can be themselves and know that they are supported and accepted unconditionally, with no expectations other than to be themselves. The overall aim of Art Therapy is to support change and growth on a personal level, using a range of art materials in a safe and confidential space.
Art therapy can be with an individual, a group or a whole class and aims to cultivate a sense of self in a sometimes confusing environment. Having a therapeutic approach in a school setting can help us all understand the importance of supporting good mental health in relation to learning. This approach can contribute towards a deeper understanding of students needs and the knock-on affect that that can have on the wider school community.
As well as supporting a child’s mental health, art therapy in schools can help improve behaviour, build resilience, raise achievement, encourage attendance and help pupils take part more fully in school life.
This is what some children have said about their art therapy sessions in school
“It has helped me concentrate and cope with frustration”.
“It helps not only me but other kids too”.
“I don’t get in trouble as much as I use to”.
“It has given me a place to talk which has made me happy”.
“It makes me feel free, I can be me when I am in art therapy”.
If you have any questions I am always happy to chat about art and art therapy and how it could fit into your child’s week.
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