Support for Children
“more directly and more immediately than do any of the more traditional verbal therapies” (Zwerling, 1979).
Children and trauma
Each individuals capacity for social interaction is shaped by the earliest experiences of synchrony with the primary caregiver, where healthy attachment is formed through physiological and emotional regulation, the harmonic state of homeostasis” (McGrath, p83).
Creative therapies not rely on the client being able to access to the executive functioning cortical area of the brain which has only a limited ability to process trauma (van der Kolk, 2015) and is thus suited to even very young children and adolescents.
Benefits of Play Therapy
LeBlanc and Ritchie (1999) meta analysis research on play therapies have shown us that play therapy is
an effective intervention regardless of the presenting problem of the child” (Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K., 2012, p. 20).
Benefits of Art Therapy
transitional object in that it is a concrete record of therapy and a reminder of the client– therapist relationship between meetings”(Malchiodo, 2007).
Art allows the client to externalise their internal world in a safe, neutral way that provides for curiosity and helps clients test reality.
In the art therapist’s presence, the art work is an expression of how the self organises internally as well as in relationship to others. It is a visual reiteration of the interplay between person and their environment” (Hass-Cohen, 200:21).
Viewed in a neuro-sequential framework, art allows for accessing the unconscious, limbic resonance and affect regulation and enables therapeutic atonement while promoting neuro-plasticity. Art therapy is effective in supporting adolescents with loss or abandonment issues also;
The fear of abandonment underlies many of the other fears and disturbing feelings that are expressed by adolescents” (Moon, 1998, p. 167).
The creative process of art making and the vital therapeutic relationship permits an adolescent to communicate these fearful and dangerous feelings, non-verbally while staying in contact and relationship with the therapist.