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What is Emosi?

Emosi is Sheffield’s only purpose built Transcultural Therapy Centre for children aged 2-12 years, aimed at giving children with emotional and behavioural challenges the very best start in life.

Emosi, which means emotion in a number of different languages, is a safe place where children are supported as they transition through developmental stages at their own pace in a child-led environment. Emosi believes that children should be supported and encouraged from their earliest foundations to be confident, resilient, healthy, holistic individuals.

Young girl in colour and black and white.
The Emosi building

Our Emosi therapists work to support children to regulate the effects of the many feelings they experience, rather than working within a system of behaviour modification. We believe that all behaviours are linked to communication, and are a way in which children sometimes try to vocalise their worlds. Developing emotional literacy, which supports children to make the connections between their actions and how they might be feeling, is therefore fundamental to the development of the children we work with.

Emosi also recognises that children’s home lives are strong influences on their learning and are central to their ways of being, knowing and doing. Our therapists therefore work in partnership with families, and can effectively utilise the children's family and cultural knowledge in the therapeutic context to enhance children’s experience.

The Emosi building
The Emosi building

Outside the Ellesmere Children’s Centre building, the former school caretaker’s house has been completely transformed to now offer a transcultural and emotional therapy centre, named Emosi. This space now provides an oasis for children, offering a quiet, calming garden where young people with emotional and behavioural challenges can be assessed, supported and cared for. The design of the therapy centre also allows the outdoors to be brought inside, through the use of glass sliding doors which allow the garden’s natural light to shine through, creating a unified space to promote emotional and social well-being.

Therapies on offer at Emosi;

  • Music Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Filial Therapy with Children and Parents/Carers (coming soon!)

  • Attention Autism sessions

  • Intensive Interaction sessions

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) development

All our Therapists are fully qualified and competent in their role, registered with the BACP, BAMT or HPCP, they also all hold an enhanced DBS and are fully trained in safeguarding children. 

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is form of psychological therapy, which draws on the innate qualities of music to support people of all ages and abilities through the use of music-making within a therapeutic relationship. Practiced by HCPC registered Music Therapists, sessions might use a range of musical styles and instruments (including the voice). The music is often improvised, but sessions could also involve pre-composed music, song writing or recording, or verbal reflection. There are no requirements for any prior engagement in music making to take part - there are no wrong notes in music therapy!

Music can help people express feelings that can’t be put into words, making Music Therapy particularly well suited to those who may struggle to verbalise experiences, such as children. Music can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings and identity, helping us to express ourselves and to communicate with others.

Children have the opportunity to play a wide variety of instruments in Emosi
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A child and staff member explore through play in Emosi
Children and staff explore through play in Emosi

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy practiced by qualified HCPC registered Art Therapists, which uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool, but a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing, and to help people to find the words to articulate their experience and feelings.

Art Therapy provides a safe space in which children are helped to understand their thoughts and feelings. A wide range of art materials and techniques are used as participants practice different methods of expression, and then the created art may be analysed through exploration of any developing themes or conflicts that may be impacting the individual’s experience.

One of our Emosi therapy rooms

What our families have to say;

"Emosi is an incredible place. As soon as you enter the building, you can feel a very welcoming, relaxed and creative environment." (Parent, 2022)

"My son has asked every day this week, "When am I going back to Emosi?" He's really enjoyed it." (Parent, 2023)

One of our Emosi therapy rooms

We take referrals to Emosi from a wide variety of professionals including school staff and social workers. Parents/carers can also self refer a child to us. Please click on the link below to download a referral form and send it back to our email address at:

You can also call us on 0114 276 5544 for a discussion about our service.


Emosi Referral Form

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