What is play/ creative arts therapy?

Creativity allows us to express our feelings and experiences in a way that promotes freedom, resilience and healing. Sometimes it may be difficult to put these into words, especially when our actions are influenced by our unconscious thoughts. If we experience trauma, the speech region of the brain can shut down, meaning that the processing of events cannot always be first accessed by verbal means. Creative methods allow these things to be processed in a non-threatening manner.

This form of play/ creative therapy is often non-directive, allowing the individual to discover their own relevant themes through the variety of materials available. At times, directive methods may be included for a particular therapeutic aim, dependent on the client’s needs.

Sessions take place 1:1 for 40-50 minutes or can happen in groups for individuals with lower needs.

The therapeutic tool kit incorporates many creative arts forms, allowing each client to select their preferred methods of communication at any given time. The aspects that are included are:

  • Sand trays and symbols/ figures
  • Musical instruments
  • Drama and role play
  • Arts materials- including paints, clay, items for modelling etc
  • Masks
  • Puppets
  • Movement
  • Therapeutic storytelling

 

Who can it help?

Play therapy is particularly recommended for children aged between 4 and 12 who are experiencing emotional difficulties for a wide range of reasons. Sessions can address anxiety, anger difficulties, disturbed sleep, specific traumatic experiences and support children with certain disabilities or processing challenges along with other referrals.

Sessions can equally be benefical with young people and adults for anyone who would prefer to process and share their emotions in a creative way.

Current services

Jenny is currently training to become a qualified Play Therapist, completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with APAC (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy). She works at Haywood Grove SEMH primary school, running 1:1 sessions here and has completed additional placement hours in another local primary school. She has completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills training and will soon be able to take referrals to deliver therapeutic sessions to this level. These can be run independently or Jenny can come to your setting, eg schools, charitable projects on a case by case basis.

 

Additional training and experience

Jenny has completed a Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring with the Trauma Recover Centre, Bath.

She has trained and worked with children, young people and adults with disabilities over the last 9 years.

She also volunteers with women who have experienced situations of trauma and sexual exploitation

Jenny is a member of The Natashas Project restorative dance workshop team, delivering sessions to survivors of human trafficking.

Professional practice

Jenny has a current enhanced DBS check, relevant insurance and undergoes clinical supervision for her work.

She is a member of PTUK (Play Therapy United KIngdom) and is shown on their register of play and creative arts sessions here:

http://www.playtherapyregister.org.uk/practitioner-details.php?id=58978

Get in touch

If you would like to refer someone for therapeutic play sessions or enquire about this service please contact Jenny on 07584076506 or email info@expressions.academy