Art therapy has helped the children confront their internal realities and break negative thought patterns and behaviours. The psychotherapist meets with every child at least once a month. Children identified as most vulnerable and in need of attention take part in art therapy sessions one to five times per week. Encouraging children to draw pictures instead of asking them direct questions offers a nonthreatening avenue for them to open up and discuss difficult issues. By talking to the children about their drawings, paintings, and crafts and considering the underlying reasons that inspired their art, our therapist has gained a deeper understanding of the children and has worked.
In need of some motivation? Take a moment to read about this remarkable young girl who through art, and the support of CNCF, is beginning to flourish.
Arban kept to herself, preferring to spend time alone rather than interact with the other children and staff. She found it difficult to express her thoughts and feelings to others and often became angry and upset. In 2014, Arban started attending art therapy sessions with our on site psychotherapist. Although Arban had received previous psychological support, there had been little improvement in her behaviour and she had never opened up about her past experiences. When Arban first began to express her inner life through art she would mainly use dark colours and her pictures were very heavy and sad. In time, her drawings changed significantly and she is now creating much happier images, choosing more uplifting and brighter shades.
Arban has also learned how to express her anger through art and has become much calmer and more centred. She has her own painting journal, which she uses most days to express her feelings. Recently, Arban said, “Everything feels so calm and nice when I am painting, like nothing else exists.”
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