Foxfields Academy are committed to going the extra mile and recognise that pupil’s requirements are ever changing and we therefore adopt a bespoke approach to support their needs. We provide a multitude of different therapies that can benefit our pupils.
Counselling (talking therapy) helps children explore their feelings and express themselves by using various techniques in order for them to make sense of themselves & their life experiences. In the counselling process, these techniques could include play therapy, art therapy, drama therapy (role play), and others. These help the children and young people to feel calmer and happier. The therapeutic approach taken is determined on a case by case basis, dependent upon what is appropriate for the age, abilities and development of the child or young person (pupil), and according to what the pupils respond to best. It cannot change what has happened but it can promote resilience within each child to enable him or her to discover a more hopeful view of the world.
The counsellor works with children and young people using a combination of talking therapy and creative therapies. Exactly which therapy will work best, for which pupil is allowed to develop quite naturally throughout the course of the weekly counselling sessions. This may depend, for example, on the age, developmental stage or ability of the pupil – or based on what the client enjoys!
Drawing enables a child to express, in a visual form, worries and preoccupation from deep in the mind that they may not be able to verbalise. The sessions encourage a positive experience for all abilities. The sessions use art to promote self-esteem and self-expression thus supporting and enhancing all areas of learning.
Reflexology and massage are non-invasive treatments that induce a sense of well-being and so can release muscular tension. This can help to improve sleep patterns and induce a greater sense of calm and relaxation. There are natural energy pathways, which run through the body; energy pathways which correspond to all major organs, glands and systems of the body. By stimulating reflexes on the feet and sometimes the hands, it will encourage the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. Reflexology is a very relaxing therapy which restores balance to the receiver on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Yoga promotes a sense of fulfilment that make you feel better. By practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation in the yoga sessions, it gives you a feeling of being healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up all at the same time. Whether you pursue yoga as a spiritual path or for its psycho-physiological benefits, yoga looks at the methodical development for having a deeper experience of yourself and the world.
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is a 10-12 week, intervention program based on cognitive behaviour therapy with the primary aim of reducing anxiety levels. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is recommended by the Department for Education (Mental health and behaviour in school 2014) and The World Health Organisation (Prevention of Mental Disorders 2004).
Aims of the programme are;
To reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression
To develop coping and resilience strategies to help deal with stress and worries
To develop emotional and social skills
To support positive engagement with learning
Pets As Therapy (PAT)
Pets As Therapy (PAT) helps people of all ages to explore their feelings, express themselves and make sense of their life experiences through the connection with animals around them. PAT helps people who struggle with communicating with others (humans) by providing them with a dog / cat. Due to animals looking at the world in a raw way, they naturally help to heal people around them. Recovery from difficult life experiences can be facilitated by having a PAT dog there, this allows anyone the freedom of expression in a safe and trusting environment.