The arts therapies are an in-depth therapy making use of the arts, alongside talking, to help make sense of difficult past and present experiences. No experience in using the arts is necessary to benefit from these interventions, only a willingness to explore using creativity as part of the therapy process.
Music therapy is a type of psychotherapy where music is used alongisde talking and other types of creative therapies to enable self-exploration and the safe expression of difficult emotions.
Dramatherapy is a unique type of psychotherapy using a wide range of techniques from theatre and the performing arts, including storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation and role play.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) are an umbrella term which covers a range of therapies that are used to identify and change unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour which may have developed in response to past experiences.
You and your therapist work together to find different ways of responding to situations to overcome unhelpful repeating patterns, to develop a more positive self-image and to improve your quality of life.
Family and couple therapy
Family and couples therapy can help those of you in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths, and work together to make useful changes in your relationships and your lives.
Group therapies can involve a range of different approaches. However, they all have the benefit of providing a space where you have a shared experience of talking about difficulties, learning new ways of understanding problems and connecting with others who may have had similar experiences.
Relational based therapies
Relational therapies is an umbrella term that includes a number of therapies such as cognitive analytic therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and mentalisation-based therapy. These therapies support you to think about your current difficulties in the context of past and present relationships with others and with yourselves, and to consider how they might offer possibilities for change in your life.
Trauma focussed therapies
These therapies focus on the ongoing effects of a past trauma. They include Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-informed CBT, as well as other specialised therapies which focus on the experience of abuse in childhood.