- Play Therapy
I am a Registered Play Therapist, specialising in working with children and young people presenting Emotional/Mental Health difficulties. Suitable referrals for Play Therapy may include children experiencing:
- Developmental issues
- Learning or attention problems (ADHD),
- Attachment difficulties,
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities,
- Inappropriate behavior (for the child’s age),
- Persistent difficulty in school,
- From overly outgoing to shy and withdrawn,
- Being bullied or bullying,
- Constant anger,
- Trouble eating or sleeping,
- Defiant in the home or school
Please see the home page for a description of Play Therapy.
- Therapeutic Mentoring
This is specifically for the more hard to reach children/young people who present as highly defensive.
There is a vast amount of research advising that in working with ‘hard to reach and highly defended children that will not attend formal therapy, we as therapeutic professionals need to go to them, we need to embrace whatever opportunities exist within play activities (such as playing pool, basketball, football) to engage in conversations of a therapeutic nature, reflecting on situations that have occured, reflecting upon perspectives and opinions, reframing this. The aim of this intervention is to support the child/young person to a point where they are able to engage within universal services (school, sports clubs, formal therapy).
http://www.annafreud.org/pages/ambit.html – this website gives further information about this approach.
- Parent-Child Attachment Therapy
I have a background of working within Children’s Services. I learnt that in working with children in the child protection/court arena many of the children’s social and behavioural difficulties were systematic, and often arose from their parent’s own emotional difficulties. Many of these parents struggled to form relationships, especially in respect of professionals, due to their past attachment and traumatic experiences. In order to best support these parents in succeeding there needs to be a model of providing them with the emotional support alongside the parent and child work. Parent-Child Attachment Therapy helps parents build secure, reparative, attachment relationships which incorporate an attitude based on playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy.