Only once I've established a trusting relationship, will they feel comfortable in going on a journey with me, to revisit the traumatic event together in a safe emotional environment.
Our approach at Letting the Future In is very practical. I'll aim to inspire their sense of hope by finding out what they want to achieve and identifying what stops them getting there. It is important to listen to their agenda and come into the child's world.
We also do a lot of work on questions of self-identity. Many young people will ask themselves questions like, "Why has this happened to me?" or "What made me stand out?"
"With our support, the child learns positive coping mechanisms to help them manage their feelings. They are empowered to recognise that they can have a good life, build resilience and become able to regulate their emotions."
Practitioner, Letting the Future In
They will often blame themselves for their abuse - these feelings may have been reinforced by things they have been told by the abuser or other adults. We help them identify the trauma they have experienced, help them understand their experience and place responsibility on the abuser.
At LTFI we employ a variety of strategies to help them, including play or art therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, filial therapy and person-centred therapy.
I use a range of methods that encourage creative play to tap into the emotional part of the brain that has closed down due to the trauma. I also employ creative activities such as painting, writing poetry, and story telling to help the child revisit their traumatic experiences and express them in safe ways.
With our support, the child learns positive coping mechanisms to help them manage their feelings. They are empowered to recognise that they can have a good life, build resilience and become able to regulate their emotions.