Five minutes with…Creative Therapies

22 Mar 2017 Amyholgate

The Creative Therapies team uses art, drama and music to help patients express feelings and experiences which are difficult to put into words. Jenny Powell, Clinical Lead for the Creative Therapies team, explains.

Art, drama and music can help us to understand and come to terms with difficult feelings. If it’s too painful, these feelings can be held safely within the piece until the service user is ready to explore them further.

In the same way, art, music and drama allow our feelings to be transformed into creative acts. It can then be possible to find new ways of understanding and being in the world.

I meet incredible people all the time. Our service users are courageous people who have survived significant loss and trauma. I have huge respect for my colleagues, too – they genuinely care and are committed to the people we work with.

Having art, drama and music therapists within the service means that we can do more to meet people’s individual needs. We have a range of skills in the team, so we’re constantly learning from one another and supporting each other’s practice.

The safe boundaries of the session give our service users space to discover their own forms of expression. Part of the therapist’s role is to bear witness, notice verbal and non-verbal communications, and to help the service user explore actions or feelings.

The relationship between therapist and service user is really important. It takes a while to get to know each other, build trust and help the person feel safe.

About our Creative Therapies team

Creative Therapies is part of our Community Learning Disabilities Team. The team works both verbally and non-verbally, which can be particularly useful when feelings and experiences are difficult to put into words.

Creative therapies paints