Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps a child or young person to explore their thoughts and feelings through art-making, playing and talking. The creative materials offer a non-verbal means of expression and communication. The child and the therapist work together to make sense of the child’s difficulties in a safe and confidential space.

The parents are invited to initial meetings and attend regular reviews throughout.

How can Art Therapy help?

  • It provides emotional support
  • It increases self-esteem and reduces anxiety
  • It promotes greater self-awareness and resilience
  • It increases social and communication skills, such as peer relationships
  • It builds capacity to manage difficult emotions, such as anger and frustration
  • It increases ability to engage within the classroom

Art materials provide the means to create, explore and relate using different mediums. This enables self-expression and can empower a child as they choose, shape and explore the art materials following their own ideas and wishes. Sessions provide the child with opportunities to think with the therapist about their experiences and make different choices in response to issues.

As a child develops confidence and feels more understood, this can lead to a greater capacity to empathise with others and to effectively seek out and engage adult help. This forms the basis for healthy living and empowers a child to effect change and growth.

Who is Art Therapy suitable for?

We offer art therapy to young people aged between 3-18 years with difficulties such as:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Aggression issues
  • Behavioural issues
  • Dealing with transition
  • Difficulty relating to peers
  • Low self-esteem
  • Managing frustration
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Sleeping and eating difficulties
  • Social and communication issues

The art therapy work is undertaken by a small team of art therapists who are all state registered health professionals.

Please contact the Art Therapy Team

Senior Art Therapist
Judith Littman
020 8457 4469
judith.littman@norwood.org.uk

Kennedy Leigh Centre
Edgeworth Close, Hendon
London NW4 4HJ
020 8457 4745

Binoh Administrators at
Kennedy Leigh, Hendon
020 8457 4457 / 4494