Children & Young People
Counselling offers a safe, confidential space and time to look at what has brought the client to therapy. Our aim is to provide hope for change, to build on client’s strengths, resources, resilience and to support the client to develop a felt sense of safety and stability.
Therapists offer a non-judgmental space and hold unconditional positive regard for the individuality and autonomy of the client. Research and experience shows that the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic alliance between therapist and client are key to successful therapy. At NAOS, we work alongside clients to help them safely look at their presenting issues and historical events. We identify shared therapeutic goals and actions to help resolve difficulties and to find more helpful coping strategies whilst carrying any remaining difficulties more safely. We offer a three-phased approach to therapy based on concepts of stabilisation, processing and integration. Therapeutic approaches are individualised, creative and designed to meet the needs of each client.
Art Psychotherapy is a psychological process that helps your conscious mind to access what is happening in your unconscious mind, through the creative process, using paint, collage, modelling clay for example.
The psychological value of Art Psychotherapy explores blocks, behaviour patterns, how past relationships and experiences affect an individual’s current circumstances. Art psychotherapy is a safe and supportive verbal and non-verbal intervention in working with trauma. For this to be facilitated a trusting relationship is built between therapist and client, and the ‘creative process’ provides a form of conscious and subconscious expression so that personal development, growth and transformation can occur in a safe and supportive environment.
Outreach allows us to meet the client “where they are at”. A clinical therapist will organise sessions in a place that feels safe and comfortable for the client. The therapist takes their skills, methods and professional clinical practices from the therapy room to these sessions. This approach especially supports clients struggling to leave the home due to chronic depression or anxiety, clients that are hospitalised or unable to use transport to attend the therapy centre.
We also offer clients therapy through skype which is an approach that is popular amongst adolescents. Although we do encourage in person sessions and use this method as a stepping stone into the therapy room.
In practice, there is much overlap between outreach therapy and therapeutic keyworking. Often there is little to distinguish between them. Our keyworking team hold therapeutic qualifications and are case managed by clinical professionals to ensure the therapeutic competency of their practice.
At NAOS, we endeavour to put the client at the centre of their work towards positive healthy change. To this end the therapists engage in what we often call “therapy without walls”. We work with the client in the least oppressive environment. This is the place where it is most possible to nurture trust, relationship, and a healthy working-alliance.
The work may be joint engagement in practical activities such as opening a bank account, sorting out housing benefits, support going to the doctor’s surgery, gardening, building a go-kart etc. Everything is in service to building a trusting relationship. Later, it may be possible for the client to engage in more intensive traditional therapy.
Therapeutic Work With Families
At NAOS, we work systemically. That is, understanding that everyone – clients and therapists – live and operate within multiple social groups and settings e.g. family, educational, neighbourhoods, medical, legal etc. We are affected by these systems – emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically etc. – often without fully realising their significant impact.
Much of our work depends heavily on our clients’ caregivers’ help and support to bring about positive change. We recognise that the vast majority of parents want the best for their children, and that we all need help in providing what is best. We aim to work collaboratively with caregivers, knowing that taking a blaming stance is very unhelpful and counter-productive.
A systemic approach by necessity means we actively work with all adults involved in the client’s care whilst always maintaining the boundaries of confidentiality.
All children are unique and special, but sometimes they experience problems with feelings or behaviours that cause disruptions to their lives and the lives of those around them.
Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had a chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and their own pace, without feeling pressured or threatened.
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Health and Care Professions registered music therapists, to help people of all ages, whose lives have been affected by emotional or physical injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.
Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.
Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis.
The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, playtexts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.
At NAOS we recognise that trauma can be stored in the body. We offer a variety of techniques from body psychotherapy, movement therapy, deep tissue massage, reflexology and reiki.
Our therapists hold a safe space, providing professional safe touch to support clients in gaining a greater awareness in their bodies and develop a more positive attitude and perception of themselves.
The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including group processing, support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social skills training), and psychoeducation groups.
Benefits of group therapy:
- Group therapy helps you realize you’re not alone.
- Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support.
- Group therapy helps you find your “voice.”
- Group therapy helps you relate to others (and yourself) in healthier ways.
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