I can offer a calm, safe environment. Through talking, creative work and play I aim to provide children with the opportunity to be heard and to express their feelings.
Most importantly a therapeutic relationship is built up and I build this by engaging with children through the medium of play or playfulness.
My aim is to establish a strong relationship with the child so that they feel secure enough to share worries and concerns when they are ready to do so.
Once trust is established I seek to build the emotional resilience of the child.
Fundamentally, in my work with children, my therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory which emphasises the crucial developmental significance of the relationships and experiences of early childhood.
I have had extensive training through the charity Place2Be whilst working at two primary schools in Manchester.
Place2Be offers emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. It helps children cope with wide ranging and often complex issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.
See www.place2be.org.uk for more details.
I work from Riverside Wellbeing, a therapeutic collective in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. There is free parking nearby and the office is 5 minutes walk from Whaley Bridge train station. The office is accessible for those with limited mobility.
Counselling with Children
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