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What we offer


We begin by carrying out an assessment to identify the needs of the child or young person. We tailor the work we do to support the child and their carers in order to help the child have the best chance to achieve their full potential. Following assessment, the child will be allocated to the most appropriate therapist, and a Case Manager from our team of Senior Professionals will be assigned to support the family.



Assessments

Our assessments are based on our therapeutic skills and knowledge and use a range of art and play based activities to gain an insight of the child's functioning. The range of assessments could include:

  • An understanding of the child’s emotional developmental stage
  • Attachment patterns
  • Sibling attachment where consideration is being given to whether siblings need to be placed together or separately
  • Assessment of next stage in care planning for a child
  • Assessments requested by the Court

Included in our assessment process may be the completion of standardised questionnaires about the impact of trauma and dissociation on children. (Briere's Trauma Symptom Checklist and CDEC Dissociation Checklist).


Art Therapy

Art therapy offers children and young people the opportunity, through art and other creative material, to explore and express experiences and feelings which can be too difficult and painful to put into words.

Art therapy is not about being "good" at art nor is it about being taught art. The art therapist remains alongside the child or young person as they work through their experiences and facilitates them in making sense of their worries and helps them to find more manageable ways of coping.


Non-directive play therapy

This is based upon the work of Carl Rogers' client centred therapy with adults. The principles of Rogers' work was developed by Virginia Axline (1945) to incorporate play - one of children's earliest forms of communication. With the help of a therapist children are able to explore their experiences without the need for words or explanations to adults and to achieve resolution and mastery over earlier painful and traumatic experiences.


Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses objects, stories, artwork, movement, music and creative techniques to help them to share, explore and learn from their own inner world.  This means that personal issues can be explored at a safe distance and addressed and resolved. 

Dramatherapy is not about acting or being put on the spot.  It is not acting lessons and clients are not expected to perform.



Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)

This was first used in 1987 by Dr Francine Shapiro in the USA. It was originally designed to treat traumatic or dysfunctional memories and experiences and a good deal of the early work was carried out with veterans of the Vietnam War. It has begun to be used in the UK with personnel from the armed forces suffering from combat stress. It has been shown to be particularly effective in working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR has also been succesfully used in working with adults and children who have experienced complex trauma and abuse in childhood. EMDR is endorsed by NICE guidelines and is currently the therapy of choice for many NHS practitioners.


The practice of EMDR is through the use of bi-lateral stimulation, usually in the form of eye movements, but also through bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation.


It is believed that the eye movements invoked in EMDR mirror the eye movement process that takes place during the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep during which information is naturally processed.



Training


We can provide training in the following areas:

  • Working with children and carers together on attachment issues
  • Working directly with children
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • What’s behind children’s behaviour
  • Creative ways of working with children in a variety of settings including education, hospitals and children's centres


Supervision of Therapists

We can provide regular supervision to other therapists.

 

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