Attachment Focussed Family Story  - ‘Mending things’ using the Arts

Attachment Focussed
Family Story  - ‘Mending things’ using the Arts

Objective

The aim of the family coming together to think about a story is to assist parents and children in mending things in the loveliest and most rewarding way possible. We are providing a safe and nurturing space where we can help caregivers to become curious about their children, and their relationship with them all in the creative collaboration of story making and using the arts.

Through the use of the Tavistock Model of Infant Observation, our task is to enable the relationship between you and your child to develop a healthier course, by enhancing your own capacity for careful observation of interactions, between you and your child.

During the story making morning, our aim is to foster your capacity for getting to know your own emotional experiences surrounding your child and the crucial task of being an emotionally present parent for your child. Both caregiver and child will be able to get to know more about what each other feels and thinks, this will enable both to develop more of a reflective capacity

This is a unique opportunity for parents to invest valuable, creative time with their child and then for parents to process the experience with an experienced professional in the following week.

Who's it for? 

This story making experience would benefit every single family I know, including my own! But, particularly those who may be interested in therapy but are not quite sure what it's all about. It would suit caregivers and children who feel that their relationship has somehow gone awry, and who may want an opportunity to explore their relationship through the arts in a professional, confidential and supportive space. It compliments the work of an existing therapeutic process or is suitable for those who are curious about the opportunities for growth offered by therapy and wish to learn more. 

Why The Arts, Attachment and Story making? 

At Therapy Space, we feel passionately about mending things in a creative way. We have seen time and time again the effectiveness, the joy, the bonding, the inspiration and real enjoyment that 'making things', ‘making stories’ together brings. We know that some thoughtful interventions and reflection time with parents can be enough to really help family life.

Included

Parent Consultation (Before) The opportunity for you to share how things are at home and school for your child. Major transitions and developmental milestones up until now, and particular presenting issues you may be concerned with. A (90 minute) completely confidential session.

Parent Consultation (After) This second consultation is an opportunity for me to share with you, in depth and detail, my observations of you and your child during the workshop. An opportunity to reflect on how the therapeutic process has impacted on family and school life, and to deepen your understanding of the relationship.

A (90 minute) completely confidential session.

Saturday Mornings by appointment only Therapy Space Jersey 9:30 - 12:30

What’s the Plan?

Parent Consultation (Before workshop begins, at a time to be agreed)

Saturday Morning 9:30 - 12:30
The morning starts off with an introduction to the process of story making. Some time is allocated for the family to think out all their ideas for characters, setting and ‘what happens’. Then we use the art materials (clay, paints and drawing materials) to create the images. This is a chance for the family to think together about their story and explore the use of the materials and techniques. With the use of clay you begin to form the story, combined by painting landscapes onto a big sheet of paper. 

11am

A short break for snacks and drinks.

11:30 - 12:30

The family present their images in a cohesive order and talk about their constructed ‘Family Story’.

Parent Consultation (After workshop is completed, at a time to be agreed)


About me and Therapy Space

Therapy Space is a Child, Adolescent, and Parent Therapy Space set up in January 2016. It followed a long and rigorous training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy in Education London where I was able to learn from top international trainers and those eminent in the field of child psychotherapy and child mental health.

Before embarking on the journey of becoming a specialist child and adolescent therapist, I had an understanding of the power of the arts as an avenue to insight, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I knew that I wanted to attempt to understand a struggling child using the arts specifically. In my children’s early years, I had so many questions and confusions about their behaviour that I couldn’t find answers for here in Jersey. It was then, that I began the training program in London and a two year infant observation research paper here in Jersey.

I had discovered that the arts were a magic way into the unconscious at fine art school in my early twenties, and once I began working with children I realised it was how children express their inner world (the unconscious). The games they create, the images they make and the stories they tell are all an expression of their inner world. It was then that I began to learn to work with this, the delicate interplay between therapist, the child and the image, finding the language and each particular approach for each unique child.

I was trained by the wonderful Dr Jeanne Magagna (https://www.bpc.org.uk/find-a-therapist/therapist/6102) who taught me to trust and see that the therapy process has so much insight, and supported by the wonderful James Low for the duration of my training (http://www.simplybeing.co.uk/about-james-low/). It is not a quick fix, working with a child or adolescent takes around 12 to eighteen months, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s a delicate building of a relationship with a child’s inner world and it requires time, patience and trust.

Today I have some trusted GPs who refer struggling families to me and families are beginning to hear about my work through word of mouth. My work is specialised, it’s a specific and unique approach that has proven results, but it is certainly not the only option. My work at Therapy Space takes time and is a commitment from both the family and myself, we work together until the child or young person is well again

The Island - Exploring the unconscious - The interplay between the conscious and unconscious self

The Island, is a piece of artwork exploring the interplay between the conscious and the unconscious. The visual piece accompanied a written piece of poetry citing Virginia Woolf in 'To The Lighthouse'. Woolf's close observations of the undercurrents within a social setting is the starting point of this work, 'desperately rising to the surface for air'. This, combined with the mythic fairytales such as 'Rapunzel' and Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shalott', were used to as initial inspiration to explore the universal sense of feeling trapped by one's own circumstances, and the emptiness of work never seen and life unfulfilled. The very female activity of weaving is suggestive of the activity of hum drum housework as well as the creation of a spider web, spider dreams may well be a powerful symbolism for female creativity.




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The Island - exploring the unconscious

Your Family Story - Attachment Focussed Arts

Objective

The aim of the family coming together to think about a story is to assist parents and children in mending things in the loveliest and most rewarding way possible. We are providing a safe and nurturing space where we can help caregivers to become curious about their children, and their relationship with them all in the creative collaboration of story making and using the arts.

Through the use of the Tavistock Model of Infant Observation, our task is to enable the relationship between you and your child to develop a healthier course, by enhancing your own capacity for careful observation of interactions, between you and your child.

During the story making morning, our aim is to foster your capacity for getting to know your own emotional experiences surrounding your child and the crucial task of being an emotionally present parent for your child. Both caregiver and child will be able to get to know more about what each other feels and thinks, this will enable both to develop more of a reflective capacity

This is a unique opportunity for parents to invest valuable, creative time with their child and then for parents to process the experience with an experienced professional in the following week.

Who's it for? 

This story making experience would benefit all families. But, particularly those who may be interested in therapy but are not quite sure what it's all about. It would suit caregivers and children who feel that their relationship has somehow gone awry, and who may want an opportunity to explore their relationship through the arts in a professional, confidential and supportive space. It compliments the work of an existing therapeutic process or is suitable for those who are curious about the opportunities for growth offered by therapy and wish to learn more. 

Why The Arts, Attachment and Story making? 

At Therapy Space, we feel passionately about mending things in a creative way. We have seen time and time again the effectiveness, the joy, the bonding, the inspiration and real enjoyment that 'making things','making images' and ‘making stories’ together brings. We know that some thoughtful interventions and reflection time with parents can be enough to really help family life.

Price

Your Family Story - ‘Mending Things’ - using the arts
£465 per family

Included

Parent Consultation (Before) The opportunity for you to share how things are at home and school for your child. Major transitions and developmental milestones up until now, and particular presenting issues you may be concerned with. A (90 minute) completely confidential session.

Parent Consultation (After) This second consultation is an opportunity for me to share with you, in depth and detail, my observations of you and your child during the workshop. An opportunity to reflect on how the therapeutic process has impacted on family and school life, and to deepen your understanding of the relationship.

A (90 minute) completely confidential session.

Saturday Mornings by appointment only Therapy Space Jersey 9:30 - 12:30

What’s the Plan?

Parent Consultation (Before workshop begins, at a time to be agreed)

Saturday Morning 9:30 - 12:30
The morning starts off with an introduction to the process of story making. Some time is allocated for the family to think out all their ideas for characters, setting and ‘what happens’. Then we use the art materials (clay, paints and drawing materials) to create the images. This is a chance for the family to think together about their story and explore the use of the materials and techniques. With the use of clay you begin to form the story, combined by painting landscapes onto a big sheet of paper. 

11am

A short break for snacks and drinks.

11:30 - 12:30

The family present their images in a cohesive order and talk about their constructed ‘Family Story’.

Parent Consultation (After workshop is completed, at a time to be agreed)

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Attachment focussed Arts

What is Attachment Theory?

What is Attachment and what are THERAPY SPACE trying to mend?

Dr John Bowlby discovered how our earliest relationships with our caregiver create the blue print for all our other significant relationships through life. Our 'Mending Things' workshops are designed to focus on the RELATIONSHIP between caregiver and child (through the lovely and enjoyable use of making something together). Primarily above all else, our aim is to focus on creating more security between child and caregiver. We understand how things can so easily go awry in our busy lives and we also understand that there is nothing more wonderful than the feelings that come when children and parents are enjoying each other. Plus, it's super healthy for our bodies, our minds can take in more information and we are less likely to become ill.