Therapy for Children and Young People
Children and young people referred to Nature and Nurture will initially be offered a comprehensive assessment, which they attend with one or both parents/carers. If we feel we can help, they will then be offered either individual appointments or group work according to their wishes, and what is felt to be most appropriate to their needs.
Sessions incorporate the following therapies as needed:
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique – a meridian energy therapy, also known as ‘tapping’
- Group Therapy (see below)
- Animal Assisted Therapy – this involves incorporating the presence of an animal into a therapy session, which has a number of proven psychological and physiological benefits
- Ecotherapy – therapy sessions incorporating elements of nature eg. a walk in beautiful countryside, engaging in horticultural activities in our greenhouse or paddock, helping to care for our family of animals etc
- Art Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Singing/Drama/Dance Workshops
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Indian Head Massage
Seeing children who are experiencing similar issues in groups, rather than individually offers the following benefits:
- Participants gain comfort from knowing they are not the only one affected by the problem they are experiencing
- Participants – with their varying personalities – can support, challenge and encourage each other, and their interactions can add richness to each child’s experience of therapy
- Therapy is more cost-effective as group sessions are cheaper than individual appointments
- Children can experience increased motivation to attend, especially if they have formed positive relationships within the group
- Group therapy enables the therapist to observe the participants’ social skills and help to develop these where appropriate.
Our groups are offered in two formats – either in the form of weekly meetings of 1.5 hours over six weeks (after school) or as two full days during half-terms or main school holidays. All children will have an assessment before being accepted in to the group, and a review appointment when the group has finished. We usually restrict numbers to 7 children per group.
The aim of our groups is to help children and young people cope with difficult feelings – anger, anxiety and sadness – and learn to express them in healthy ways. Feedback from previous participants and their parents has been extremely positive, with everyone finding our groups very beneficial.
Support for Parents/Carers
We recognise that many issues affecting children and young people affect other family members too, either directly or indirectly. We can help in the following ways:
- Parents/carers of children and young people attending our groups sessions can have their own private/group appointments with our parenting practitioner, who offers support and management advice.
- Parents/carers of children and young people having individual therapy will be able to meet with their therapist for a review appointment during the course of the therapy, and will be able to access support and advice as needed.
- Family therapy is also available.