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Therapies

Service users will receive input from a small team of staff with whom they can build a trusting and productive working relationship. Staff will offer consistent support/care both one-to-one and as part of a small group. All service users will be offered a key worker who they feel comfortable and confident working with.

Keystones also believes in offering service users access to qualified therapists. Given the cuts to local funding and limited access to these vital therapies we have employed a number of psychotherapists internally to work one to one or in a group with service users who require this important deeper exploration of themselves.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.It involves talking to a trained therapist one-to-one looking and exploring deeper into your problems and worries and working to deal with troublesome habits or reoccurring thoughts.

Psychotherapy can help you to discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people.

Psychotherapists are mental health professionals who are trained to listen to a person's problems to try to find out what's causing them and help to find a solution.

As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, a psychotherapist can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behaviour. They can teach specific skills to help you tolerate painful emotions, manage relationships more effectively or progress your behaviour. You may also be encouraged to develop your own solutions. A therapist will treat sessions as confidential.

Art Therapy

Art Psychotherapy

Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, enhancing coping skills, managing stress, and strengthening a sense of self. Art therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse, and more. The focus within art therapy is on the creative process opposed to the final product. This is run within an open art group and on an individual basis.

 
Phototherapy

Phototherapy

Built into the art room, we have our own small darkroom where we are able to develop photographs that we have taken ourselves.  Phototherapy is a form of psychological therapy which has branched off from art therapy. However it is different in the sense that the photography aspect is carried out beyond the therapeutic space, as you are encouraged to photograph subjects which interest you. The images can then be processed and printed using traditional photographic processes. You will therefore be learning skills; this in turn enhances and boosts your self-esteem and knowledge. The photographs you choose to print can be used as a springboard to talk about issues which are important to you. You will also be given the opportunity to speak about subjects important to you when processing/printing your film/photographs. This is run individually or can be part of a group.

Expressive Writing and Art Therapy

Expressive Writing and Art Group

The combination of Expressive Writing and Art Therapy differs from sole Art Therapy as it encourages the group member to combine both mediums. You don't have to be ‘good’ at writing or art to engage in the group, as its main focus is on your creative development. Group members are encouraged to take part in a group discussion. Members can then create an image, some writing on a topic which was brought up within the discussion, or create something which is unrelated. The group is run within a group setting and facilitated by an art therapist and the drama therapist trainee.

 
Drama Therapy & Drama Group

Drama Therapy & Drama Group

Drama therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses creative action methods and is done on a one to one basis.  The individual does not have to be good at acting as the focus is on having a space to be yourself in a safe, non-judgemental session.  Our drama therapist might use stories, movement, role play, improvisation, discussion, art, music, or other creative methods that are suited to your needs.  Each individual will be supported and guided through an individual Journey and the length of the sessions are negociated by you.

Drama groupmeets every Wednesday and always begins with a check-in, possibly warm up games then work begins on whatever project is current.  Previously there have been shows for the Xmas party, Easter and Halloween for example.  The work is usually inspired from improvisation and group members, the focus being on having fun, being playful and allowing your creative side to come out in a safe and supportive environment.  The group is quite small and friendly and previous members have highlighted that it greatly improves their self-esteem.

Relaxation Group & Anxiety Management

Relaxation Group & Anxiety Management

This group meets regularly to share and practice a variety of relaxation exercises that are helpful at alleviating stress and anxiety.  This might include mindfulness meditations aimed at developing loving-kindness, feelings of inner peace and joy and an ability to deal with painful emotions.  In addition to the group, one to one anxiety management sessions are also available.  During these sessions a variety of therapeutic techniques are usedsuch as cognitive behaviour therapy and relaxation techniques.