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Creative Psychotherapy in Education

Our team of registered and qualified psychotherapists work within a supportive and safe framework of therapeutic sessions to support your pupils.

 

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We work with schools and academies drawing on your insights to co-create a bespoke intervention that reflects the needs of the child. Liaising with professionals in Educational Psychology, CAMHS, social care and other agencies, we can deliver therapy in both school and home environments.  

Passionate and highly motivated, you can expect a fast response from our team – in most cases, schools receive a visit within the first week of contact.  

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Behaviour Needs

The simplest way of describing trauma is as an experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope. Often, children that display challenging behaviours are trying to communicate that something is wrong.  

Our psychotherapists have vast experience working with schools, providing mental health and wellbeing support. We will ensure that your pupils are heard and listened to, putting pupil voice at the heart of our approach. 

Delivering one-to-one or group interventions, we can support children with challenging emotional needs, sharing strategies to raise self-esteem, build resilience, improve attendance and promote positive behaviour. 

In parallel with these programmes, we can also work with staff to develop their understanding of the inner world of the child, embedding a culture of wellbeing in school.  

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Mental Health Needs

As trusted adults, teachers play a vital role in promoting resilience and supporting the wellbeing of young people. However, when signs of mental health issues emerge, it is important that schools can provide access to timely and effective specialist support.  

With experience working in a variety of education and community settings, our psychotherapists offer support across the entire continuum of mental health, from lower-level needs to highly complex cases involving emotional trauma.

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Conduct disorder 
  • Attachment disorders 
  • Eating disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Self-harm 
  • Post-traumatic stress 

  

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Therapeutic Interventions

Sometimes children can struggle to settle in school, potentially withdrawing from classroom activities, or suffering from uncontrolled outbursts of anger. Whichever way they respond, problematic and persistent behaviours can hold children back from achieving their full potential.  

We understand that children are often facing their own unique set of challenges, from grief and bereavement to illness and disability, or potentially being exposed to abuse, neglect, and a number of other traumatic life events.  

With a wide range of evidence-based services, our therapists will seek to address the underlying emotional and psychological difficulties that a child is experiencing, tailoring our support to their individual needs. 

From drama and dance movement psychotherapy, through to art, music and horticultural therapy, we can provide a wide range of therapeutic interventions, giving pupils the foundations they need to flourish in the classroom and beyond.  

All interventions can be purchased as sessions, or you can purchase a whole school approach to wellbeing support as an annual agreement. 

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Art Therapy

Art therapy offers a bridge between a child’s inner and outer world, enabling them to explore their feelings through the creative use of art materials, unrestricted by communication and language difficulties.  

As a process of self-expression and reflection, art therapy allows children’s feelings and experiences to be expressed in a safe environment. Therapists can then help children to recognise and respond to their emotions, helping them to develop coping skills and work through trauma in a non-intrusive way.  

Supporting self-regulation and sensory integration, art therapy has many benefits. It can be particularly helpful for pupils who find it difficult to speak about their feelings or have difficulties with verbal communication. 

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Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Children experience the world through physical engagement, often expressing their happiness, fears, and frustrations through their bodies. Dance Movement Psychotherapy uses movement and dance to enable emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual development.  

This is a proven method of exploring psychological problems or difficulties. Movement reflects a child’s thoughts and feelings, giving them a physical outlet for emotional energy and enhancing self regulation. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy also increases body control and awareness, helping children to recognise physical signs of distress and adopt successful strategies to cope.  

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Dramatherapy

Drama therapy builds on a child’s natural capacity for play and storytelling, helping them to express feelings and concerns that may be too difficult to put into words.  

Using drama within therapeutic work gives children the opportunity to walk in another person’s shoes, imagining how they might feel and in which ways they would respond to different situations.  

By bringing imagination into the interactions between therapist and child, we can provide a safe and playful environment where children can share emotions they might not otherwise know how to process or articulate. Drama therapy can also boost self-esteem and social skills, encouraging children to approach new challenges with confidence and creativity.  

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Play Therapy

In the world of child psychology, it is often said that “play is the child’s language.” By watching the way that children play, we can learn about the way in which they frame the world.  

Through stories, imagination and creativity, children can share their emotions and experiences. With the support of a trained and qualified therapist, children can enhance their emotional regulation and respond to challenges effectively. Play therapy is also known to improve a child’s sense of independence, responsibility, and empathy for others.  

Play therapy can support children with a wide range of difficulties, from attachment and anger issues, to the experience of loss, bullying, or trauma. Materials and equipment are provided to allow children to communicate comfortably at their own level and pace. 

Music Therapy

By using the creativity which lies at the heart of musical expression, therapists are able to develop a therapeutic relationship with the child, supporting their social and emotional development.  

Music therapy has been recognised by Ofsted as beneficial in addressing the educational and pastoral needs of children. Evidence shows that music therapy can effectively support self-expression and wellbeing, as well as the development of physical, sensory and cognitive skills.  

Through improvisation and communication using sounds, harmonies and rhythms, children can learn to express and respond to emotions. These aspects of music can often mimic language, acting as the basis for a new form of creative communication in which there is no need for verbalisation.  

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Horticulture Therapy

A growing body of research shows that spending time in nature has huge benefits for mental health, lowering stress and anxiety, whilst improving mood, attention, and empathy.  

Horticultural therapists will work with children, helping them to grow their own plants and learn more about the natural world. This will give children the opportunity to reflect and relax in a calm environment, whilst supporting their sensory integration and cognitive development.  

Through these practical sessions, children can work towards specific goals, improving their sense of motivation and achievement.  

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Counselling as a therapeutic medium

Our counselling service provides a safe space within school where pupils can go to discuss their feelings and find support to help them cope with what they are going through.  

Through acceptance, trust and empathy, our experienced counsellor will establish a therapeutic relationship with the child, giving them the opportunity to explore their feelings without judgement.  

With our child-centred approach, we can help your pupils develop their sense of self-worth and resilience, improving relationships with family, friends and teachers.  

By supporting children to manage their emotions and navigate the complexities of daily life, we can help to improve school attendance and academic achievement, giving children the best possible start in life.

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Family Work

Family relationships lay the foundations for a child’s social, emotional, physical and mental health. However, modern family life can be stressful, sometimes causing relationships to fray.  

Providing a space where family members can safely express their concerns, our therapists help families to collaboratively-resolve their differences and respond to the needs of the child, growing stronger as a result.

By offering psychotherapy interventions to both child and caregiver, our experts are able to provide unique and holistic support, addressing individual, familial and systemic issues.  

Family work is most effective for pupils who struggle to engage with services, using a combination of counselling and creative therapies to help students manage conflicts and meet new challenges, raising their aspirations and achievements.  

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Why choose One Education for Creative Psychotherapy in Education?

Working with a wide range of educational settings, our Creative Psychotherapy in Education team delivers bespoke therapeutic interventions, supporting pupils on their journey to positive mental health.  

Our dedicated team consists of HCPC registered psychotherapists, qualified counsellors, teachers and trainers. With twenty years’ experience working in early intervention and complex casework, our strategies are tried and tested.  

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