Children & Teenagers

Children & Teenagers

Children’s Art Therapy

Teenager’s Art Therapy

Parent’s Information

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Children's 

Art Therapy

Teenagers'

Art Therapy

Parent's

Information

Creative

Wellbeing

Resources

 

Parent’s Information

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What is art therapy?

Art therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for children and teenagers to connect to, express and reflect on their thoughts and feelings using art as a therapeutic tool within a therapeutic relationship.

Who can art therapy help?

All children and teenagers can benefit from art therapy. It may particularly useful for those processing 

Big feelings e.g. anger, anxiety, sadness, grief. 

Emotional dysregulation

Difficulties with school

Sleeping difficulties

Family difficulties

Behavioural difficulties

Trauma

Other 

What are the benefits of art therapy?

Each person responds differently to art therapy. Some of the benefits of the session may be: 

Creative expression 

Processing of big feelings

Processing of experiences

Emotional regulation

Access to non verbal communication

Meaning making

Development of communication skills

Development of self awareness, self esteem and self confidence.

Resolution of inner conflict

Resiliency

What is the process?

If you are interested in art therapy for your child or teenager you can talk to Aisling to see if art therapy may be suitable.

Before beginning art therapy guardian(s)/parent(s) meet the art therapist. Here some background information is shared, legal consent and contract are signed. Both parents must consent to therapy for their child. This meeting is approximately 50 – 60 minutes long.

Next the child’s/teenager’s art therapy sessions begin. Each session is an hour long. Parent(s)/guardians are required to stay on the premises and wait for their child/teenager. At the end of the fourth session the parent(s)/guardian(s) join the session. The child/teenager has an opportunity to share what they would like to from their sessions. They may also choose not to share. After the fourth session the art therapist will follow up with a ten minute phone call overviewing the sessions. Art therapy continues in cycles of four until therapy ends. 

What happens in the art therapy session?

The child/teenager attends the session on their own. During the session the child/teenager has an opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences through the art making and with the therapist. The therapist reflects on the child’s/teenagers’ process with them.

Art therapy sessions are one hour long. It is recommended to attend art therapy at the same time on the same day weekly.

The Art

The child/teenager is the owner of the art. It may hold inner meaning for the child/teenager. The art therapist may explore the personal meaning of the art with the child/teenager. After each session the art is stored safely for the next session. When finishing art therapy the child/teenager decides what they would like to do with their art.

Confidentiality

Art therapy sessions are confidential to develop safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship. The art therapist will not disclose details of the sessions unless they have specific concerns. The child/teenager is free to share as they want from the session but they may also choose not too. 

The art therapist attends regular supervision but clients are not identified.

Finishing Therapy

When finishing therapy two weeks notice is recommended. This gives the child/teenager an opportunity to experience a therapeutic ending.

What age is Art Therapy suitable for?

Children from four years up may benefit from art therapy

Is Art Therapy suitable for children with autism spectrum disorder?

Those with autism spectrum disorder or other additional needs may benefit from art therapy. Aisling has experience working as a primary school teacher and art therapist with those with a diagnosis of ASD.

Is art therapy covered by health insurance?

If you intend to claim back part of the cost of sessions with your own private health insurer, please check their requirements to see if your child’s/teenager’s art therapy sessions will be covered.

The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies

For more information on art therapy see www.iacat.ie

Art Therapy Testimonial

My Mam died suddenly in 2018. About a year and a half later we started to notice a change in our then 7 year old Daughter. We were unsure if it was related to the sudden death of my Mam or not? She began to be a lot more anxious and over worry about things that she never would have before. I began to look up support on-line and saw Aisling. I made contact with her and Sadhbh started art therapy soon afterwards.
I cannot recommend Aisling enough, Sadhbh really looked forward to her weekly appointments with her and if I’m really honest right now if she could she’d still be attending her.
Aisling had an amazing way with her and Sadhbh could talk about whatever she wanted in a safe & fun environment. Art therapy gave her a free way to express herself.
Aisling gave her the tools and skills she needed to cope when she was finding things difficult. Even now today she uses them. It’s made such a difference to her life and we haven’t looked back since.
I cannot thank Aisling enough.

– Valerie & Richard Kelly

Address

Mount Henry Art Studio,
Killenard,
Portarlington,
Co. Laois
R32 XH93

Contact

trueselftrueart@gmail.com

087 713 9015

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