Why choose One Education for Emotional and Trauma Support
With more than 16 years’ experience working with schools and academies to design and implement bespoke therapeutic programmes, our methods are tried and tested.
What makes us different?
- We provide therapy situated in the home, or school or academy - wherever needed.
- We send our HCPC qualified therapists directly into school and academies to work with your staff.
- You can expect a fast response - in most cases a school visit within a week of first contact.
- We plan with you and co-create a bespoke intervention according to the child's emotional needs. This may involve liaison with education psychologists, professionals in CAMHS, social care and other agencies.
The therapy sessions have been excellent and have enabled us, through the therapist, to identify the children’s emotional barriers to learning. The sessions are highly valued by the children and their teachers. The impact on the children’s emotional wellbeing and learning has been wonderful to see.
In school, we now spend a lot less time sorting out issues between the children, they can discuss things sensibly themselves because they've got that emotional literacy to be able to do it. This allows my teachers to teach.
Teachers have felt supported and have a better understanding of how to work with the emotional and mental health needs of pupils.
We work with children whose behaviour is causing concern in schools - for instance behaviour may be disruptive or destructive, children may be truanting or struggling in other ways to engage with learning.
Our team of therapists hold one-to-one and group interventions which can help children and young people with these challenging emotional needs. We also offer programmes that include raising self-esteem, building confidence, learning to make friendships, attending better and building resilience. In parallel with delivering these programmes we support staff in understanding better the inner world of the child.
Mental Health Needs
Early trauma can manifest later as behaviour in school, and there is often a blurred line between behavioural and mental health needs. We offer support across the entire continuum - for children with lower level needs through to highly complex cases involving emotional trauma. The simplest way of describing trauma is that it’s an experience we have that overwhelms our capacity to cope.
We work with non-attenders, and those children struggling with any of the main mental health disorders, including: conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, self-harm and post-traumatic stress.
Therapeutic interventions are useful for a number of different children in a variety of different situations. Within educational settings, children may be identified as requiring emotional and trauma support if they are struggling to settle or thrive in the classroom and there is knowledge of challenging circumstances around the individual.
These difficult conditions could be due to a wide range of things like being at risk of exclusion, having a disability or illness, suffering a bereavement or exile, being under the care of social services, experiencing neglect, abuse, domestic violence or any other exposure to traumatic life events.
Our therapists seek to address underlying emotional and psychological difficulties which are problematic for the individual. In some cases, this could manifest as withdrawal and inability to engage with activities, whereas in others, the problematic behaviours could be uncontrolled outbursts of anger. Whichever way these responses appear, if they are problematic, persistent and reducing the individual’s ability to function or flourish at school, then they could be considered for therapy.
Art therapy is the creative use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in which the child is able to explore their feelings. Allowing these feelings, and experiences including traumatic ones, to be expressed in a safe environment. This can be helpful for pupils who find it difficult to speak about their feelings or have difficulties with verbal communications.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Dance Movement Psychotherapy uses movement and dance to enable emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual development. Movement reflects a child’s thoughts and feelings and is a proven way of expressing feelings and exploring psychological problems or difficulties.
Storytelling and dramatisation brings imagination into the interactions between therapist and child, allowing space and time for the child to express their feelings.
Using drama within therapeutic work allows the opportunity for the individual to try out differing roles, giving them a chance to explore how these varying positions might feel and seeing what their emotional responses are to being in diverse situations.
By watching the way that children play we can learn about the way in which they frame the world.
Stories, imagination and creativity are all part of this expressive therapy. Children can show therapists their feelings through the personal sharing and demonstrating of their play. Materials and equipment are provided which allow children to communicate comfortably at their own level and at a pace which suits them and their specific needs.
By using the creativity which lies at the heart of musical expression, the therapist is able to develop a therapeutic relationship with the child through improvisation and communication using sounds, harmonies and rhythms. These aspects of music can often mimic those found in language, and can act as the basis for a new form of creative communication in which there is no need for verbal communication.
Being surrounded by nature and nurturing plants is increasingly being recognised to have beneficial effects at several levels. Horticultural therapists work with clients to promote health and well-being. Practical sessions with specific goals assist process and outcomes, resulting in enjoyment and a sense of achievement for the child.
Counselling as a therapeutic medium
It can be really important to have someone to talk to when things feel like they are challenging, and life gets on top of us. Our experienced counsellor offers the opportunity to confide in someone who is not immediately connected to the rest of our lives, offering a non-judgmental space which people can use to explore their feelings.
Family interventions work in parallel with parent and child, using a combination of counselling and the creative therapies. This type of support is well suited to individuals who have struggled to engage with services or who find attending school particularly difficult. By offering Psychotherapy Interventions to child and caregiver, we are able to provide a unique support service which wraps around the child and addresses individual, familial and systemic issues.