projects

Constructive
Destructive

Constructive Destructive is a room that allows clients to have a cathartic experience held safely by a therapist.

The room consists of large white walls which clients can throw paint bombs at, splat clay, or draw extensively over. It provides a creative space to re-build and destroy sculptures based on the rupture and repair theory demonstrating when something breaks it can be fixed or something new can be built.

The space enables clients to get in touch with their anger without the constraints of considering the therapy room as well as supporting clients in getting in touch with their inner-child.

Hip hop therapy has elements of expressive therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Hip hop music is utilised to engage clients in treatment by helping establish rapport with the therapist. Music can also help clients identify emotions and reframe cognition

A growing body of research suggests that those who live in violence-stricken communities are subject to post-traumatic stress and PTSD at rates higher than the rest of the country.

One creative antidote to this unfortunate reality may be found, perhaps not surprisingly, in the music that emerged alongside the culture of the inner city: hip hop.

Analylising the poetry and lyrics from hip hop music allows young people to relate to artists who share their struggle with mental health (Tupac, Gravediggerz, Kendrick Lamar etc) It destigmatises mental health issues and supports young people in better understanding their emotions.

Using Hip Hop as a tool of expression (lyric writing, music production, performing, dancing, graffiti) allows young people to process their experiences, express share their stories, get their voices heard, feel less isolated relating to others and build their capacity for empathy and compassion.

Hip Hop Therapy

Therapeutic
Physical Activities

Physical exercise is fundamental in supporting someone’s emotional wellbeing. Research shows how effective it is at reducing cortisol (stress hormone) and releasing endorphins, serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones) to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

At NAOS we deliver a variety of physical activities for both groups and individuals. With the support of trained clinicians physical activities are introduced which best suit the client’s ability and needs.

Boxing is proven to be physical activity that can support the release of excessive energy and is useful for those struggling with managing their anger, anxiety or stress levels. At NAOS we have therapists who are also trained boxers who work with clients on the bags and support them to be in touch with their anger safely. The therapist verbally supports the client, through the process of phenomenological enquiry and psycho-
education, to learn how to better self-regulate and contain themselves in times of distress.

Supported by our therapist team individuals have taken part in water sports activities run by a partner organisation. In challenging themselves to try new things, clients have been able to actively explore any emotional dysregulation, anxieties, defense and coping strategies they may be experiencing and to work through these experiences positively with their therapist.

Therapy to Employment’ is a program that supports young people in building their confidence and self-esteem with the aim of getting back into work. Young people will explore their feelings around their self-worth, self-value and core self-beliefs as well as feelings around working in a group or individually. Therapists will support clients to build a more positive perception of themselves and stoke the fire to support young people in discovering their passion and potential.

This program is delivered by NAOS as part of the West of England Works Project and their
partners.

Therapy to Employment

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