The Kindrogan School believes the damage caused by relationships can most effectively be healed by relationships. The more integrated and comprehensive an environment of therapeutic relationships and experiences that the Kindrogan School can provide, then ultimately the quicker and more effective will be the child’s road to recovery.

All children attending the Somerville School will have voluntary access to all creative therapies, this includes:

  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Drama Psychotherapy
  • Music Psychotherapy

The aim of creative therapy is to use the different forms of creative expression and the development over time of a consistent, trusting relationship between the therapist and the client, to effect change and growth. This enables the individual to gain self awareness and place themselves within the context of their life history. It can also bring about a sense of peace and self acceptance; therapy can also facilitate the ability to achieve one’s full potential, whatever that may be as defined by the individual themselves.

Creative therapies use a psychodynamic non-directive approach allowing the client to work through difficulties they may have at their own pace and in a manner that is appropriate and meaningful to them alone. This is very important when addressing traumatic experiences that are often overwhelming and mentally or emotionally difficult to deal with and/or express.

By working in this manner, individuals often feel less exposed and/or threatened by issues affecting them and ultimately, this respectful and patient way of working together can have a profound and long lasting effect.   Individuals, who are able to explore their feelings in a manner that doesn’t make them feel as vulnerable as perhaps they may have felt with a more conventional therapeutic method, often find they are able to make positive life changes or look at past experiences differently.

Creative Psychotherapies have been proven to work particularly effectively with those who have experienced childhood trauma as they do not rely upon the spoken word to communicate, express or develop relationships.