Artistic therapy for children

Arts and therapy are often combined to support children with a need for emotional support but also to:

• Improve a lack of confidence
• Help managing emotions
• Work with feelings of unhappiness
• Support a bereavement process
• Support cases of trauma
• Manage feelings related to abuse
• Manage issues related to adoption
• Learn to deal with high-sensitivity
• Stimulate creativity and manage emotional development of for high-ability children
• Cope with bullying
• Support during divorce of parents
• Manage behavioral problems
• Support children with autism and learning difficulties
• Find ways to express during a time of illness of a parent
• Support during a time of illness such as cancer

Children are referred to Artistic therapy in schools, hospitals but also to private Artistic therapists by parents who feel their children could benefit from emotional support.

It is not always easy as a parent to find out what your child needs in a difficult time and a child can’t always find the words to explain why they feel the way they feel. Besides obvious stressful events and situations that can seriously affect a child emotionally, it could be that a child simply does not seem happy, develops unusual new habits, concerning reports come back from school regarding changed behavior or a child frequently displays uncontrolled anger or sadness.

It may be that a child has gone through a very difficult time such as a divorce, a loss of a family member, abuse or coping with illness of a parent or their own. Being able to express their difficult emotions is then very important. Art therapy can facilitate this need benefiting a healthy child development.

For children expression through the arts comes much more natural than for adults. Creativity is used effortlessly as they are still closely connected with the world of imagination. Children have the ability to communicate their feelings and experiences of the world, often very clearly, through their artworks.

The level of sensitivity for the arts and the process of art making is many times bigger as it is with the average adult taking part in a creative process of making art. Colours are very important, there are less inhibitions and connecting with shapes, imagination and characters in play, stories and artworks can become their main language through which they can receive messages and also express their own personal message.

With younger children till about 7 years old I work a lot with fairytales translated into colourful artworks. They often enjoy working freely with the art materials that are on offer and are happy to express what it is they have created. In some cases the characters in their artworks can talk and a dialogue with an artwork (and their inner self) can begin.

When children come into therapy from the age of 10 or older they may be a bit more reserved when it comes to making free artworks. They may feel shy using their imagination freely. Through building up a positive therapeutic relationship based on trust and knowing that they cannot fail in whatever it is they create they tend to gradually take charge, engage with the art materials and re-connect with their imagination.

The Artistic Therapy sessions for children are also 50 minutes and take place once or twice a week depending on each case. In some cases group sessions are available.  Therapy starts with an initial consultation with the child and a parent.

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