Empowerment through kindness, compassion & empathy

Creative therapeutic services for children, young people & families in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole since 2007.
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A dynamic team of arts therapists, counsellors & mentors

The Koru is a Maori emblem of the newly emerging fern; symbolic of new life and strength.

Each frond contains within its tightly curled spiral, the design of the fully mature leaf.

The work of The Koru Project, seeks to encourage each person to grow towards the freedom and fullness of who they are.

Our collective specialisms include:

  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Dramatherapy
  • Dance and movement therapy
  • Family orientated Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Outdoor counselling
  • Play therapy
  • Therapeutic Mentoring

We offer creative therapies in a safe and supportive environment for children, young people and families.

39% of 18-20 year olds in custody have been on the child protection register

or had experienced neglect or abuse.

Source: Prison Reform Trust

“I was self harming.

The Koru Project helped me to to find a place to let all my feelings out,

I no longer self harm and I am studying at college”

The work of KORU has been excellent there has also been a significant level of improvement in X’s life with his insight and ability to reflect upon both decisions and actions, more people should be aware of your KORU team and the things that they can achieve for our young people and families’

Paul Thompson Social Worker

“Without Koru helping me when I was at a very vulnerable stage in my life,

“I’m sure I would have gone to prison.

Things today are so much better.  I have a career & my own place.

“I’m a lot happier, although I still have my struggles!”

The Koru Practice

The Koru Project has a 15 year history, proven track record and a professional team of creative therapists and mentors.

All Koru practitioners are skilled at working creatively with individuals, families and groups.

Our attachment informed practice focuses on forming a therapeutic alliance with our clients that helps nurture growth, healing and development.

This methodology is informed by dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and neuroscience.

Our work with victims of abuse, neglect and relational trauma helps to rewire their capacity to trust, to love and to form functional, reciprocal relationships.  A belief in the transformative powers of creative therapies contained within the safety of the therapeutic relationship lies at the heart of the Koru Project .   

Our approach

Whether you are a child, parent or commissioner, find out what you can expect from our sessions.
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Who we work with

From mild to complex, a list of needs we support, and the settings we operate in.
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Our therapeutic specialisms

Learn more about the types of creative therapies we have on offer.
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Find out how our specialists can deliver workshops in a variety of local settings.
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Rapid referral service

We know how much a difference a day makes to a family or child who is needing help.

We are committed to providing support quickly and when it’s needed most.

Our referral and assessment process allows us to create robust therapeutic solutions and implement interventions rapidly. 

Our flexible approach offers specialist support within local settings and we pride ourselves on our reputation to engage and inspire even the hardest to reach young people.

If you are considering commissioning us to work with an individual, you can find out more about the Koru Project & what to expect.

With an informed methodology which has been validated by ongoing and newly forged local partnerships- the Koru Project is highly trusted amongst support services in the south west.

Below are just a few organisations we currently work with.


Where We Work

Working flexibly across Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole areas, we work around our clients choosing environments that are sympathetic to the therapeutic process..

Locations, times and travel for sessions, are organised on an individual basis.

We work within schools, in the community or from our dedicated creative hub at Longmead Community Farm.

Do get in touch for further details.