I draw on a range of approaches to address the difficulties an adult, child or adolescent may be experiencing. Play and creative therapies are used when working with children as play is the language and primary mode of self-expression for children. As a child plays out their experiences in therapy they have the opportunity to process their feelings and wishes associated with their experiences and are able to do this processing within the safety and containment of the therapeutic relationship. Parental involvement is also part of the therapy and may include support in developing healthy attachments, managing behaviour and strengthening the parenting relationship.
EMDR is another approach I use when working with all age groups that can help with distressing life experiences and trauma that has left a lasting negative impact. EMDR can be used to help resolve the impact of many different types of experiences and is also effective in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults, adolescents and children. It is often highly beneficial to combine EMDR with mindfulness-based practices as learning skills for coping with stress, anxiety and depression will provide internal resources to alleviate these symptoms in the short and long-term.
Sometimes the relationship between a child and parent can become strained due to life circumstances, temperament, or personality differences. Theraplay-based therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) are approaches that can help to repair a strained parent-child relationship and in turn the strengthening of the relationship often reduces a child’s challenging behavior.
The first step is to get in touch so that we can talk through your concerns, and together, decide a way forward in helping to resolve your child’s difficulties.