Therapy

Art Therapy, Dramatherapy and Counselling are suitable for anyone who is exhibiting signs of social, behavioural or emotional difficulties. The initial reasons to see a therapist may include:

  • Bereavement
  • Transition
  • Coping with change
  • Confidence and self-esteem issues
  • Communication difficulties
  • Experience of trauma
  • Depression
  • Difficulties around social skills, relationships, attachment or separation
  • Addiction
  • Problems with heightened emotions such as anxiety and anger

Aims and benefits of Therapy and Counselling

Therapies can provide many positive benefits. These may include:Build self-confidence, self-esteem and self- awareness

  • Encourage creative expression
  • Identify a sense of self
  • Learn coping mechanisms
  • Increase verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Promote and improve social connection, interaction and inclusion
  • Develop creativity, imagination and spontaneity
  • Explore choice and responsibility
  • Enhance ability to focus
  • Work safely within clear boundaries
  • Experience being heard, understood and supported

Individual Art Therapy or Counselling

You will be offered one to one sessions which will last for up to 50 minutes. Your sessions will take place weekly at the same time, on the same day and in the same location.

The Art Therapy and Counselling offered is rooted in the person-centred approach which means that together we will work with whatever you choose to discuss, through your chosen form of expression at a pace that suits you.

The Therapist/Counsellor aims to provide a space where you can feel safe, comfortable, understood and accepted. All Therapy and Counselling sessions are treated in a private and confidential manner.

Art Therapy is a form of psychodynamic therapy. Through the use of creativity such as engaging with image-making, story and sand tray, Art Therapy works with symbolism and metaphor to help to support you to work through your therapy process. This can provide an outlet for you to express, communicate and explore your thoughts, experiences and emotions.

Art Therapy does not rely upon the spoken word therefore it is suitable for people with a range of verbal communication skills. In a therapy session you will choose the art materials with which to work. You do not need to have technical skill in mark-making to benefit.

Counselling is a talking-based therapy in which the Counsellor will support you to explore and deepen your understanding of your feelings and experiences helping you to find your own way forward.

Dramatherapy Group Work

Dramatherapy, a form of psychodynamic therapy, draws upon creativity and uses symbolism and metaphor to support the therapeutic process. The Dramatherapist offers short-term group-work such as; Sensory Story and African Drumming.

These groups offer an environment of safety and belonging, providing group members with the opportunity to explore and experience social interactions and improve social skills alongside improving their individual well-being.

How can you be referred to the Therapy Team?

You can self-refer, or be referred by your Key Worker, a senior staff member, a Care Manager or parent/guardian.

Contact the Therapy Team to request a referral form or email  AcornWorkshops@acornvillages.com 

Once we have received your referral you will be contacted and invited to attend an initial assessment session. You will have the opportunity to get to know your therapist and for your therapist to learn about you and how you would like to work. At the end of the assessment there will be space for you to decide if you would like to go ahead with therapy.

Therapists and Counsellors have regular external supervision, adhere to Acorn Village’s policies, are fully insured and HCPC accredited.

Meet the Therapy Team at Acorn

The Therapists and Counsellors at Acorn Village have many years of experience working in the field of mental health within a variety of settings including: schools, residential homes, hospitals, community outreach programmes and mental health focused organisations.

They have worked with a wide range of adults and children with learning disabilities and are experienced at both one to one and group work.

Dramatherapist
– Katie Still – MA Dramatherapy, BA(Hons) Drama and Theatre, Cert. Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness, BADTH member.

Art Therapist and Counsellor
Emily Düzgün – MA Art Therapy, BA(Hons) Fine Art, L4Dip Integrative Counselling, BACP member, BAAT member.

“We are passionate about supporting people to express their emotions and life stories creatively enabling growth, development and well-being.”

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