Dealing with sexually harmful behaviour
Our approach to dealing with sexually harmful behaviour is tailored to the complexity and need of the individual. All aspects of a young person’s care need to fit together, be integrated and be at a pace suitable to the young person. This ‘encompassing’ approach places the individual at the centre of planning.
We offer young people in our care the opportunity to explore and understand their own behaviour and support their capacity for change. Therapeutic treatment programmes are integrated with all other aspects of care, creating a sense of safety and containment in which the process of change can occur.
We offer a range of therapies including psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and creative arts therapy. Where appropriate, family therapy is also available.
Every young person is unique and will therefore require an individualised treatment plan. Young people will react differently to the experience of the therapeutic environment and will need a range of approaches to engage and progress through therapy. We invite our young people to build a trusting rapport with their therapists and through this alliance and developing their self-awareness, we help them to explore their frame of reference.
Psychotherapy sessions are weekly but may be increased as required.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy uses knowledge about the thoughts and feelings of individuals, understand discuss, and to ultimately change behaviour. Once they understand their cognitive patterns, individuals are encouraged to adopt a series of techniques designed to change cognitive processes.
We also undertake focused work on sexual offending patterns and changing the abuse cycle.
Creative arts therapy
Art therapy uses the ideas and techniques of both art and psychotherapy in order to understand, express and work through psychological distress.
Although there is space for individuals to talk about their problems, priority is given to the communication of inner thoughts and feelings through the process of making art and through symbolism of images.
This can be very important for those who do not have a good mastery of verbal communication and can help young people become more aware of feelings previously hidden, or ones which they were only partly aware of.
Life story work
Life story work is an account of a young person’s life in words, pictures, photographs and documents made by them with the help of a trusted adult. Making life story books enables them to become more aware of their own identity, to acquire a sense of belonging and self-worth, as well as helping them to understand their past and present situations.
Sex education helps to answer some of the questions young people may have about sex and their own sexuality, as well as peer pressure, birth control, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It helps young people cope with the changes which occur during puberty and is designed to deal with the sensitive issues of physical, sexual and emotional development.