I am trained in a variety of assessment and therapeutic techniques, including play therapy, Theraplay and a variety of assessment tools. Each child and family is unique and each treatment plan is developed specifically to cater to this uniqueness.
Play therapy offers children between the ages of 3 and 11 a secure space in which they can process their feelings. It is built on the understanding that play is the way children grow, learn about their world and begin to understand their own feelings.
The space comes in the form of a playroom and a supportive, highly trained, professional therapist. In this space, I invite the child to play with a broad range of toys and creative art materials, with as few limits as possible. The child chooses and plays with toys that help them to understand their feelings, to express their feelings and ultimately develop greater resilence.
Children choose what to play with, and how. I will support them, observe, listen and sometimes make reflections about the play. Through this process, children are encouraged to explore and process their feelings around difficult life events.
In some cases the focus of work will be the family unit and strengthening the quality of the attachment between a child and their parents/carers. In these cases, I use a therapeutic approach called Theraplay.
Theraplay is a structured family therapy which builds on the understanding that a positive attachment bond between a child and their parents will enhance their self-esteem and resilience. Sessions are designed and structured around the principle of building attachment through joyful engagement, fun and nurture.
I lead sessions engaging children and their parents in activities and games that have been carefully developed and designed to enhance positive attachment. Through the process, the end goal is to empower parents to build and maintain positive attachment bonds between them and their children.
Which children could benefit?
My therapy services offer help to children experiencing a broad range of difficulties
Children and families experiencing any of the following issues could benefit from therapeutic support:
- Death of a family member, friend, a family pet
- Separated parents
- Socially withdrawn, difficulty making and maintaining friendships
- Difficulty concentrating
- Aggressive behaviour (for example, biting other children, fighting)
- Abuse (sexual, verbal, physical, psychological)
- Drug / alcohol abuse (parental/caregiver)
- Impulsive behaviour (including flight risk)
- Oppositional behaviour, difficulty accepting limits
- Sadness, low mood, disengaged
- Bullying (perpetrator or victim)
- Attachments difficulties (difficulty within the child-parent relationship)
- Children in care (foster care, residential)
- Anxiety (separation, general anxiety)
- Developmental disorders (including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD)