Creative Therapy for Young People
Adolescents and children who feel they are too old for play therapy may enjoy creative therapy sessions. Often this client group want to talk to the therapist and sessions may be used just for this. Teenagers in particular are often resistant to any activities that seem 'childish' but may enjoy the opportunity for therapeutic image making or story work. I provide art materials and activities such as pictograms and life maps. I encourage young people to explore their difficulties imaginatively through the use of traditional stories and therapeutic story making. Some young people enjoy the use of board or card games as these provide a framework for exploring rules and boundaries as well as an outlet for competitive or aggressive feelings. The game is a non-threatening activity that can be carried on while talking to the therapist about more vulnerable feelings.