Art and Drama Therapy With Teens
During the teen years it can be difficult to talk about emotions, especially with parents and authority figures. Creative arts therapy can be a useful way to work with a changing sense of self. Depending on the teen, art therapy or drama therapy can be a valuable boost to traditional counselling.
With the help of a specially trained therapist, creative arts therapy techniques can help teens:
- Explore feelings through metaphors and symbols
- Express emotions
- Communicate wishes and desires
- Reveal scary feelings or secrets
- Increase self esteem
- Learn limit-setting
Will a Therapist Keep Secrets from Me?
To create a safe space for your teen, a therapist will carefully negotiate the issue of what information will be shared with parents and what information stays private and confidential to the teen in advance. In most situations, the therapist will give parents feedback about the teen, share any concerns about the teen and offer methods for improving difficult relationships within the family.