Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy offers children and young people a safe space to relate beyond the confines of the classroom setting. The aim of art therapy is to help individual’s work through and process emotional issues that might be negatively impacting aspects of their home and school life.

Using art as a primary mode of expression, art therapy helps children and young people to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-esteem, self-awareness, self-confidence and emotional resilience.

Art therapy sessions are client-led, meaning that the child is in control of what is expressed in the therapy room. The therapist will look, listen and, at times, interpret the child’s creative communication to help make sense of the child’s inner thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Art Therapy at Dysart School

Art therapy is offered to pupils at Dysart School who require additional emotional support.

It is available to children and young people of all ages and abilities across the school and is adjusted to their developmental needs.

Pupils are offered weekly, individual sessions, and the work can be short or long term, depending on the reason for referral and/or their engagement with the process.

Sessions are confidential, but teachers will be updated termly on the child’s progress and a feedback report will be sent home at the end of therapy.

Referrals to art therapy are made through the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team and parental permission will be sought before therapy begins.

Meet our Art Therapist

Hello! My name is Ellie. I am a fully qualified, HCPC registered, Art Psychotherapist. Through art therapy, I have emotionally supported children and young people experiencing a wide range of difficult life challenges, such as; trauma, loss, learning difficulties, abuse, mental health needs, neglect and attachment difficulties.

Prior to joining the Dysart team in September 2019, I delivered therapeutic services to schools, colleges and hospitals in the surrounding area, as well as for charities and large organisations, such as Place2Be, Age UK, Victim Support and St Barnabas Hospice.

As an Art Therapist, I encourage the use of creative expression to help children and young people explore feelings and reflect upon their experiences. Through my work, I aim to provide a safe and empowering therapeutic space for children and young people and contribute to the positive mental health movement at Dysart School.

If your child or young person is currently receiving art therapy and you have any questions about their sessions, please contact me directly at: eburch@dysartschool.org.

For further information on specific therapies:

The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

What is Art Therapy – Parent Leaflet

You are rightly proud of your work around pupil wellbeing, and ensuring pupils are ready for learning.  This has enabled you to establish a calm and purposeful learning environment for pupils with considerable needs.

Ofsted 2018

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