Cest services, children emotional support therapy (@cest_services) / Twitter CEST provides emotional therapeutic services for children and families through the media of art.

CEST practitioners work in MBA once a week for a whole day – the CEST staff are highly qualified clinical psychotherapists and consultants.

CEST work with identified pupils for a period of 12 weeks , providing emotional and therapeutic support through art activities.

Within the art therapy sessions, there is a focus upon providing support to children to explore their thoughts and feelings that may lie behind their difficulties and emotional distress. The interventions may vary depending upon the individual needs of the child, offering both initial early intervention and more long-term intensive support where it is needed.


CEST services can help with:

  • Family difficulties
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Worries
  • Anxieties
  • Trauma
  • School difficulties
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • ADHD
  • ASD
  • Attachment issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parental separation
  • Low self esteem


There are a range of interventions that are  evidence based and are delivered through a variety of methods, including 1:1 work with individual family members, intensive outreach working with the whole family, and community based group work for multiple families.

The Revised Children’s Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS) and the RCADS – Parent Version (RCADS-P) are 47-item questionnaires that measure the reported frequency of various symptoms of anxiety and low mood. They produce a total anxiety and low mood score and separate scores for each of the follow sub-scales: separation anxiety; social phobia; generalised anxiety; panic; obsessive compulsive; total anxiety; and, low mood.

RCADS and the RCADS-P can be used for tracking symptoms as well as providing additional information for assessment. The tool can be useful in highlighting specific issues, such as separation anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, where the initial difficulty seems to be a more general one, such as generalised anxiety or low mood.

Art psychotherapy is a state registered profession. in order to practice anywhere in the UK as an art psychotherapist. It is a legal requirement to be registered to HCPC, Health Care Professions Council and also have membership to the British Association of Art Therapists

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