Inner Trust provides counselling and support to children & young people over the age of four years old. The children and young people in our lives are the next generation of this community. We at Inner Trust feel strongly that in times of deprivation, disenfranchisement and poverty that the need for mental health support is paramount. We believe music and creative forms of expression can be harnessed as a means for connection and communication between all.
Talking therapy can really help people work on their issues. The aim of my approach is to give children and young people a safe space away from their home environment and classrooms, where they can use music technology and art materials to express their emotions for their personal development and growth. This will increase self-esteem, confidence and sociable behaviour.
This is a service-user led therapy, where the child or young person will have the choice to interact with others through the use of music technology. However, they will have the opportunity to work with others or alone. The hope is that they will be inspired to have fun and find a mode of expression in a colourful and relaxed environment which will be created by using lighting, visual projections and sound. All sessions will be facilitated by at least one fully trained counsellor who has been fully DBS checked.
The relationship between counsellor and client is the most important factor of the person centred approach. With this in mind, the counsellor will aim to form a helping relationship with each young person who uses the service, and give service-users an opportunity to make use of the counsellors embedded counselling skills. However, all sessions are open to anyone who feels they would simply like to use the space as a playful social hangout. This approach may be suitable for those who have difficulty engaging, but no one is excluded from coming along.