What Is It?
Therapeutic Life Story Work is a therapeutic programme of work that supports children and young people who are fostered, adopted, in residential care or living with relatives understand their past experiences and how they are impacting on their present. It helps them process trauma. Unlike Life Story direct work therapeutic work always supports children to process psychological trauma and cognitively reframe past experiences for them to be able to move on in the present. The therapy is psychodynamic incorporating other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment therapy.
Care experienced young people often suffer psychological distress due to their past experiences. This distress can be externalised in emotional and behavioural outbursts which can result in pressures not only on the young person but the carers they live with as well. Therapeutic Life Story Work aims to support young people to make sense of their past experiences working through past trauma and the ongoing impact to help them to make positive changes. The therapy often includes the young person's primary carer so they can gain a greater understanding of the trauma impact and how to support the young person. The therapy can help avoid placement breakdown by helping the young person and carer to better understand and meet the young persons needs.
Life Story Work.com is part of The Behaviour Clinic. The Behaviour Clinic offer a nine month programme of therapeutic life story work. Make initial enquiries by completing the form below.