Our Multi-Tiered Approach

This is a multi-tiered  client focused “guided” ten step counselling programme enabling victims to be in touch with their trauma; learn to understand and recover from it, and build a safer future by making use of the programmes multiple  strands:-

Counselling & Support

    Provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to both men & women aged 13+; who are dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.  Whether this is something that’s happening now or has happened in the past, providing immediate and free one to one counselling psychoeducational therapy and art therapy for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings.

Art Therapy

  • Aromatherapy,
  • Chromotherapy – Colour therapy,
  • Crystal therapy,
  • Guided Mediation
  • No Hands Massage.

These are combined with art techniques, such as

  • Candle making
  • Soap making
  • Jewellery making,
  • Making handbags, fruit bowls and candle holders,
  • Photo Mosaics
  • Spoken Word/Poetry
  • DJ and Music Production
  • And a variety of art forms including 3D printing.

Expressive Art Therapy

Both DAMSEL and SOlVe encourage active involvement in performing arts and contributes to the physical, mental and emotional health of all participants.  Physically they are provided with fitness/dance training under supervision for a period of 16 weeks.

Simultaneously, members are involved in the design and production of vibrant and stunning carnival & theatre costumes and work as a team sharing specialist expertise at all levels, to reflect their own personal feeling of stepping into the light. Finally they undertake First Aid and SIA (security) training as part of the preparatory process for events.

For participants who prefer to not to be so energetic, we use creative and vocal arts, such as digital and visual art, spoken and written word as a means for individuals to come to terms with and express themselves during the healing process. Again this contributes greatly to the overall mental, emotional and spiritual well being of participants. Many of these individuals also contribute to the back stage or creative part of the costume making, float decoration and set design mentioned above.