Play Therapy Creative Arts Therapy
Therapeutic Life Story Work
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a type of therapy where play and art materials are used as the main way for children and young people to express themselves alongside a qualified therapist.
In Play Therapy sessions, children explore their own creativity and express themselves using media such as: drawing and painting, water and clay, sand tray and miniatures, messy and sensory play, drama and puppetry, poetry, movement and music.
Play Therapy sessions aim to build resilience and a child’s ability to build and develop healthy relationships, and to work though traumatic experiences which may be affecting them.
What is Therapeutic Life Story Work?
Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) enables children and young people who have experienced trauma of child abuse and neglect, and who are struggling with the pain of their past, to reflect, develop compassion for themselves and move on. It is a specific approach that helps the child to understand how their past is affecting their present and with support change some of the resulting behaviours and form healthy attachments.
The work is carried out by a qualified therapist and involves the carer, child and therapist working together to form a cohesive narrative of the child’s past. The feelings resulting from this are processed with support and the child is given a Life Story Book at the end of the intervention.
Services to Schools
Fair Futures provides therapeutic services to schools. This can be 1:1 support, group interventions, staff CPD or whole school development.
Please get in touch or use the contact form for more information.
Who can Play Therapy help?
Play therapy can support children and young people with a variety of issues, including trauma, bereavement, anxiety, and depression. It may be of help for children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
It can have benefits for children who are dealing with their parents’ separation or divorce, who’ve experienced domestic violence or abuse, or who are in hospital or care.
Fill in the contact form or use the contact details on the website to make a referral or speak to a qualified therapist about your requirements.
Who can Therapeutic Life Story work help?
Therapeutic Life Story Work can help children and young people that have had a traumatic past and those that are looked after by the local authority or have been adopted.
Fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page or use the contact details on the website to make a referral or speak to a qualified therapist about your requirements.
Fair Futures is committed to providing therapeutic services to those that cannot easily access it. It runs projects that help support the community access mental health support where it is most needed.
Young Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support Group
Fair Futures has funding to lead a support group for young male asylum seekers and refugees in the Greater Manchester area. This group is held weekly and provides a safe space for young people to feel comfortable and share experiences informally, if they choose to do so. It involves planning and delivering English language support alongside mental health support. Fair Futures was recently successful (2022) in securing funding to provide more targeted mental health support to this group through specific outreach work.
How to refer a young person?
If you know of a young person that would benefit from the group, please email us, complete the contact form or the referral form.
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