Drawing and Talking

Drawing and Talking is a safe and gentle therapeutic approach, which provides an effective way for both children and adults to process emotional pain or trauma they may be experiencing.

People are impacted emotionally by many different events, struggles or traumas. Sometimes they are unable to make sense of how they are feeling and how those feelings are impacting on their happiness and ability to navigate the world.

Too often children and adults feel afraid to admit they need help around their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Whether you are a child or young person, adult or grandparent, we all at times feel like we are struggling.

The important thing to know and remember is you are not alone, and help is available.

The sessions remain confidential between the person accessing support and the practitioner. At the end of each session, your son’s pictures will be put into their folder and kept safely away until the next session.

At the end of all the work (12 sessions), when the individual is feeling better, the folder is handed back to them to keep as they wish and to show to who they wish.

Drawing and Talking is not intended to be used as a tool to ‘find out’ what is wrong or why the person behaves the way they do. It is not behaviour modification or used to fix a problem that a person has or is experiencing.

Practitioners do not interpret the pictures and do not ask direct questions. The technique should also not be used to replace other specialist services, (such as CAMHS, Psychotherapy, Art or Play therapy) but can be used as an interim tool whilst waiting to be seen by CAMHS or other professionals and can also be used after referral has been completed to complement external agencies.

We all want all people to be happy and flourish. The individual accessing support will work one to one with a trained Drawing and Talking Practitioner for 45 minutes, once a week, over 12 sessions.

Within the sessions, the individual will draw anything they choose and will be encouraged to talk about what they have drawn using storytelling language (like metaphors) to help them make sense of their internal world.

The technique is intended to allow the child to play, by drawing a picture, and process any emotions they are holding internally in a safe and non-confrontational way, working at their own pace.

Sand Play

We know that people express themselves in all kinds of ways. Practitioners who have attended our Advanced training can offer Sand Play to children or adults who are accessing support.

Although they will not be ‘Drawing’, Sand Play uses the same approach as Drawing and Talking and the individual will be allowed to play with the sand tray and accompanying toys. They will then work with the Drawing and Talking Practitioner to tell a story about the sand work that they have created, and we know this helps people to express and then process their inner world and feelings within.