Blue Pencil Art Therapy Service
Blue Pencil; Art Therapy Service for children, young people and their families/carers
Maggie Bull, qualified and experience Art Therapist/Psychotherapist with an MA Art Therapy and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I am also a trained and experienced Play Therapist and Private Practitioner. As the Clinical Director of Blue Pencil Art Therapy I aim to draw clients closer to health and well being creatively.
Sometimes it can be difficult to talk directly about difficulties or feelings so communicating by using art and play materials to make images/objects/play with an Art and Play Therapist can be a supportive way to be able to convey what it is that is troubling children, young people and their families. The therapeutic relationship offers a safe non-judgemental environment to express and communicate difficulties through the art work or play objects that otherwise might be hard to locate, articulate and convey.
Art Therapy as a form of intervention can assist with an individual's psychological, emotional, educational, social and physical development. Children and young people experience difficulties for a variety of reasons and to access this intervention and do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy, just a willingness to engage with the art and play materials as a form of communication.
Art and Play Therapy can help children and young people with:
- Emotional and behavioural problems such as anger, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
- Social, peer, communication and/or speech and language difficulties.
- Learning of physical disabilities or diagnoses such as ADHD, ADD or Autistic Spectrum difficulties.
- Those struggling with a particular life event such as bereavement, changes in family structure or illness.
- Those who have suffered abuse, bullying, domestic violence or trauma.
- Those at risk of exclusion or with attendance issues.
- This list is not exhaustive so if you feel Art Therapy might benefit you with your difficulties please feel free to call to discuss.
- When emotional needs of children and young people are addressed through art and play they are better able to learn and develop and this in turn affects the well being of the whole family.
- Assessment and evaluation
- Individual and group art therapy sessions
- Dyadic parent/carer and child interventions
- Art Therapy Workshops
- Written and verbal feedback
- Attendance at multi-disciplinary meetings
- Clinical reports
I work collaboratively with a team of qualified art therapists with different specialities all registered with the HCPC and full members of BAAT. We adhere to strict ethical codes in line with these professional bodies and carry Professional Liability Insurance. We hold enhanced DBS Certificates and are registered with the Data Protection Organisation. The highest standards of practice are ensured through regular supervision of all our work. All our therapists are qualified, empathetic and caring people with experience of working with children and young people in a wide range of settings. Our therapists are available to work in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and London.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Blue Pencil Art Therapy
- HP6 6QF
- Venue Notes
A specially designated therapeutic room is available in Little Chalfont for appointments, however most of the time it is preferable to work with children/young people and their families/carers in their school environment during the school day. Please call to discuss.
- Geographic Area Covered
- Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London
Time / Date Details
- Time of day
- Session Information
Day and evening appointments available.
- Cost Description
Initial telephone consultation free. Bespoke full and half day rates available upon request.
- Age Ranges
- All ages
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Referrals welcome from parents/carers, Teachers/SENCOs, GPs and Social Services.
Art Therapy and Play Therapy supports children and young people up to 25 who have a special educational need or disability as it facilitates exploration and expression of difficulties and feelings that might otherwise be difficult to understand or verbalise. This form of interventions is especially useful for people with communication difficulties or who lack the emotional intelligence to understand how they feel. I also have a private practice and work with children, young people and parents/carers and adults.
- Contact Name
- Maggie Bull
- Contact Telephone
- 07427 665052
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Links
Blue Pencil Art Therapy Website
- Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
- SEN Provision Type
- Universal service (No referral required)
General Local Offer Response
- What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?
Blue Pencil Art Therapy aims to draw children and young people with SEND and their families closer to health and well being creatively
- What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?
Facilitate communication of thoughts and feelings through the use of art and/or play so they can build resilience and be encouraged to make positive changes.
- How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?
No previous experience or skill in art is needed, just a willingness to use the art and play materials/objects as a safe and supportive way to communicate within the therapeutic relationship.
- How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?
This type of intervention is ideal for children and young people with SEND and their families and can usually be fully integrated into the child/young person's school day.
- How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?
Empathic communication treated confidentially with any safeguarding issues at the forefront of clinical practice.
- What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?
I hold an MA Art Therapy and have gained many years experience working in schools with children and young people and their families.
- What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision, for example, training, facilities?
Continued Professional Development is at the heart of my professional practice.
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