Sometimes we find words difficult
and it can be helpful to find other means of self
expression. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy
that uses art making as its primary means of communication.
It lets you explore thoughts and emotions through
painting, drawing and modelling within the safety
of a therapeutic relationship.
Individual Art Therapy means working with the art
therapist on a 1:1 basis. She will support you to
make art and to help you think about your work. It
is about the creative process and the relief it can
give - no artistic experience or skill is needed to
enjoy and benefit from art therapy.
Work created in sessions is treated as confidential
and your privacy will always be respected when sharing
information with other members of staff. All art work
will be kept in a safe place until the end of therapy
when you can decide what you want to do with it. Your
art therapist at NEDAC is Claudine Albert. She is
state registered and practices in accordance with
the requirements and ethics of the Health and Care
Professions Council and the British Association of
A Service user describes her experience of Art Therapy
- to watch click here
Many people find acupuncture a useful tool for help
to reduce their drug or alcohol use, to aid detox
or to maintain abstinence. It is particularly helpful
for relief of stress and anxiety and to aid relaxation
The treatment involves five small acupuncture needles
being placed in each ear, on specific points that
correspond to different organs within the body. You
will then relax for around 30 minutes.
It particularly helps to:
* Reduce and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
* Decrease cravings for drugs.
* Relieve tension, stress and anxiety.
* Aid relaxation and sleep.
* Clear the mind, build energy and give a sense of
Throughout our lives we are subject to many stresses
and pressures. Our response to this stress can have
a damaging effect on our emotional well being and
consequently can affect our physical health. For example;
if you are worried, anxious or uptight about a situation,
when we have to face that situation we begin to feel
stressed and tense. When this stress becomes too much
we feel the need to perhaps run away from the situation,
which removes the stress we are feeling at that time.
The method used is largely an eclectic and pragmatic
approach. This is taken from the Human Givens model,
which is very symptom focussed and concentrates on
practical interventions (teaching people to relax,
lowering arousal levels and changing their thinking
styles etc) this is much more proactive than
the traditional reactive approach to counselling.
Some might call it Solution-Focussed therapy or Brief
Intervention therapy. Relaxation aims to enable the
person to realise the stresses and strains in their
lives and to reduce the damaging effects on the individual.