Foundation’s Child Therapeutic Service (North Yorkshire) offers play therapy, art therapy and integrative psychotherapy to children and young people who have suffered or witnessed domestic abuse. The service is offered across North Yorkshire with therapists based in Harrogate, Selby, Northallerton and Scarborough.
For this specialist work to take place, children must be in a safe environment in order to engage in therapy, therefore the domestic abuse must be historic and not current. Children and young people might present with a variety of difficulties including emotional and behavioural issues; depression; aggression; soiling and /or wetting; fear; anxiety; nightmares; phobias; difficulty in relationships with peers; not realising their potential academically.
Engaging in creative interventions enables children and young people to process their difficulties without the need to speak. They will begin to understand and master their feelings, build resilience and develop their own strategies to modify their behaviours.
Therapists partner with parents and carers by supporting them with parenting and drawing on the expertise of the parents in their knowledge of the child to help their children and young people recover from their experiences.
Foundation partner with the NYCC Prevention Service delivering the Create Confidence Programme to help young people and children affected by domestic violence.
Facts and tips for parents of children who have experienced domestic abuse and Clare’s Law
Foundation’s Child Therapists are:
Di Wicks 07889167000, (Senior Therapist) Play therapy
Shirley Hooper: 07538472736 Art therapy
Andrea Hayes 07538472811. Integrative psychotherapy