When trauma is preverbal it is stored without words and has implications for reactions to nonverbal stimuli with early trauma resulting in Executive Functioning deficits such as poor problem solving and more risky choices. Attachment has been shown to influence the capacity to process and resolve trauma.
We therefore consider the creative therapies specifically effective with vulnerable children who have been exposed to trauma and abuse. They provide safe space that enables them to rediscover their playfulness, express themselves (without the need for words, which they often cannot manage), regulate their emotions and develop a sense of self in a relationship with the therapist and caregivers, based on trust.
Our experienced and passionate therapists work to provide this empathetic and reassuring presence for them, alongside other professionals, in a creative and playful setting whilst maintaining boundaries. They operate with an integrated use of Play and Arts through a client-led model which provides structured facilitations when needed, especially when it comes to group intervention with targeted projects. In addition to group intervention, all young people will have dedicated two individual psychological sessions per week depending on what they are able to handle.
Our Head of Therapies and Clinical Lead is both a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Psychotherapist with extensive experience within therapeutic health and Care settings, working with children, adolescents and families. He works with a team of creative psychotherapists, educational psychologists and other practitioners all vastly experienced in complex care. Consultation with and support to staff as well as assessment of young people where indicated, is provided by our dedicated in-house Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with experience of working in Psychiatric intensive care units.
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