In art psychotherapy individual young people are given the space to create pictures or sculptures in their own time and in their own way. Some young people find it difficult to make sense of how they are feeling and struggle with words as a form of communication. The creative process offers an alternative symbolic means of communication through which Sarah can encourage the young people to express feelings that may be feared as unacceptable or unmanageable.
During this process the young people may become more aware of themselves and their feelings and gain an increased awareness of others. The therapist works within a boundaried, psychotherapeutic framework to facilitate, contain and establish a therapeutic relationship that can be experienced and worked through ultimately to help bring about change.