Child, Adolescent and Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Play Therapy for Children (4yo-11yo)
For a child who is having difficulties in one or more areas.
Can be short-term or longer.
I am able to help pre-school and school age children with a variety of emotional behavioural or problems, including:
Anxiety, lack of confidence which may manifest as bed wetting, nightmares, reluctance to attend school, insecurity or nervousness, obsessive rituals.
Aggressive or uncontrollable behaviour; violent behaviour; jealousy; bullying; ADHD; learning difficulties; problems with sleep/ toileting; upset due to family separation, a new baby, illness or bereavement.
I am also able to see children with developmental problems, such as children who are silent and withdrawn, those who have significant learning difficulties, those with 'special needs' and those who have been diagnosed in the Autistic Spectrum. (An autistic child should preferably start with me before they are 7 or 8yo.)
I work with a child in a non-directive way, which enables them to express in their own way what is troubling them. This includes
play in which your child plays as they wish, with toys and creative materials
that I provide.
Play is how children express their inner world and is an
important way they work through things.
As your child plays, I follow and respond. My response is
based on my training, clinical thinking and experience.
In their play with me, your child is able to work though their anxieties and other difficulties, which
enables them to feel and manage better in all areas of their lives.
The aim of the work is to help your child to on to a better
developmental track as opposed to only managing their behaviour. The outcome
is generally very good and sustains.
As part of the work, I meet with and support you as
I first meet with you for an initial consultation to hear the details of your concerns, obtain background information and to talk about how I work. (I will also show you the appropriate clearances to work with children.)
After I have seen your child three or four times, I meet back with you for us to discuss how your child has been and to decide together what is the best way forward. Sometimes obtaining some insight, advice and support is all that is required. Where we decide together that some further sessions are needed, these can then be arranged.
I liaise with other professionals as necessary. eg. School
counsellors and classroom teachers, GP's, paediatricians and child psychiatrists.
Further Notes re my work with Autistic / PDD children.
(Please see my separate page: 'Working with Autism')
Psychological work with an autistic child is generally slow, often takes a number of years and requires a substantial commitment. It is possible to facilitate some improvement in psychological and therefore behavioural functioning for certain kinds of autism. A thorough assessment must be carried out before any decision is made to attempt therapeutic work.