Play therapy is done on a weekly basis, in a one-on-one setting. The approach is usually non-directive and open ended and play is the child’s means of communicating what they are feeling, experiencing or struggling with. The therapist performs a supportive, empathic, understanding function, reflecting the themes that are emerging during the sessions.
Parent feedback is usually done once every 6-8 weeks in order to involve the parents as they are an important part of the process. Other approaches can also be useful as with Parent-Child work, where the parents and child are seen together in order to address issues that are affecting the family unit, such as eating and sleeping difficulties.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THERAPY
Are experiencing difficulties with relationships, i.e. with friends, parents, teachers etc.
Have experienced trauma, e.g. hijacking, armed robbery
Are suffering from depression or anxiety
Are presenting with behavioural difficulties or who are acting out
Are experiencing difficulties with eating or sleeping
Have experienced bereavement, loss or parent’s divorce
Present with anger issues
Are struggling with low self-esteem
Emotional assessments consist of an initial parent intake to get important background information, 4-6 individual sessions with the child and then a parent feedback session to share what has emerged from the sessions. These assessments are helpful in order to assess the child’s current emotional state and any issues they might be struggling with.
Psychoeducational assessments involve an in-depth investigation into a child’s emotional, educational and cognitive functioning.
I have a special interest in parent-child work in which the primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent in order to repair the child’s sense of safety, attachment and appropriate affect, to ultimately improve the child’s cognitive, behavioural and social functioning.
I am also very interested in a child’s general emotional well-being and helping them to optimise their development and to reach their potential.