At OTR we offer a wide range of one-to-one therapies for 11-18 year olds. So whatever you’ve got going on, and however you want to work through it, we have something for you.
Our team of therapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and work in a variety of ways. They’ve all been chosen to work at OTR because whatever technique they have trained in, they will listen to what you say and won’t judge you.
Our therapy sessions can be a great way to explore and understand your thoughts, feelings and actions, approach the challenges you might be facing, and discover your strengths. You can focus on whatever you like; your therapist is there to help you find your own way forward. And if you feel like it’s not working, you can try someone or something else that we offer!
When you sign up for 1:1 therapies, you also have the option to tell us your preference for a particular approach (e.g. art, drama, music, just talking). We will try our best to give you your preference, but this may not be possible due to therapist availability. Whoever you see, they will offer you a non-judgemental space to focus on what is important to you.
Drama Therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which healing aspects of drama and theatre are used. You do not need to be good at acting or performing to benefit from Drama Therapy. Together with a Drama Therapist you will create a safe space in which you can explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences, find new ways of expressing yourself and discover different perspectives. It can be helpful for people who are finding it difficult to put their experiences into words or who would like to work creatively with feelings that may be too overwhelming to talk about directly.
Examples of the artistic techniques used in Drama Therapy include story-telling, games, sound and movement. It is your space and you can choose which way of working suits you.
Art Therapy uses different materials to help you express feelings and emotions in an individual way. Sometimes expressing your thoughts, feelings and experiences through art is easier than using words. There are no set rules – it’s up to you what you use and how a session should go.
Each week, you’ll be invited to make something, but there’s no pressure. You don’t need to be good at art and you won’t be judged on what you make or do. We’ll support you in the creative process, and it’s totally OK if you’re not feeling creative or prefer to ‘just talk’.
Music therapy is available to everyone who is interested, and that definitely includes people who maybe feel they aren’t “musical” or “musicians”. Music therapists work with the idea that we are all fundamentally musical in one way or another, and that we can use this to creatively explore ourselves and our relationships with people around us.
In music therapy we use instruments that are quite simple to play, so that you can get on with playing without worrying about how to. In sessions there is no such thing as a wrong note or bad music. There are no expectations about the kind of music that might emerge, or about how “good” it should sound. Music therapy is a non-judgmental space.
There are many other directions that music therapy sessions could take, and everyone’s sessions are just as individual and unique as they are. There is also lots of potential for talking, and it’s absolutely OK if there ends up being lots of talking and not much music in your sessions. Music therapy sessions are tailored to you and your needs. For more information, please have a look at the British Association for Music Therapy website.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a kind of talking therapy that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. Research suggests that this approach can be particularly helpful for feelings of anxiety and low mood/depression. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).
If you are aged 16+ you can access CBT via VitaMinds by using this link – this covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Counselling can be a great way to explore and understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, approach the challenges you might be facing, and discover your strengths.
You can talk about whatever you like; your counsellor is there to help you find your own way forward. At OTR, you will be offered a session at the same time each week (with the same counsellor) for a period of six weeks.
ProReal is a computer-based way of supporting you. It uses a 3D environment, where you can place virtual people and objects in a 3D world. You can then make these characters talk to each other and act in meaningful ways.
ProReal can help especially if you struggle with talking, as you can use the software to help you explain what’s going on.
ProReal can help you explore lots of things, including your feelings, relationships, and situational problems.
Not your thing / too long to wait?
While we try to offer the most diverse range of services possible here at OTR, we recognise that there’s a whole bunch of other awesome agencies and charities out there who can provide more specialist support than we’re able to. If you want some info or guidance on specific issues, here are some useful links to try.