"We can learn something new anytime we believe we can" - Virginia Satir
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process where we work together to identify and change self limiting thoughts, behaviour patterns and feelings in order to gain new skills to manage whatever future challenges arise.
Signs that you might benefit from therapy include;
- feeling overwhelmed, prolonged sense of helplessness and/or sadness
- best efforts from family and friends does not make it better
- difficulty concentrating on tasks or carrying out everyday activities.
Through focusing on inner resources and strengths, we focus on renewed possibilities to live a better life.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
I have been working with children for 18 years and can support parents / caregivers with developmental concerns regarding your child, be it emotional, learning or behavioural difficulties that they are experiencing.
I specialise in Sandplay Therapy (see below/ no 3) and attachment based family approaches (see below/ no 5), weaving child centered play therapy throughout.
Play therapy draws on a number of psychological theories, but in essence a safe, confidential and free space is created where children can learn about and express feelings, explore problem solving and decision making, and incorporate new coping strategies into their daily lives to master each developmental stage.
Play is the language of a child.
Sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, and use alongside talk therapy. Through play, using the natural elements of sand and water, as well as miniatures, individuals of all ages and from diverse backgrounds can express their inner psychological needs and explore their resources.
A basic premise of Sandplay is that the psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions.
Similar to our physical wounds that heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when able to operate naturally.
With sufficient time and understanding, a sandplay experience can lead the client into layers of experience that are pre-verbal and long forgotten to the conscious mind. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the tray in a safe environment, the client moves toward a sense of balance and wholeness.
It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing.
I am currently pursuing the work of Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing which is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. This approach works to restore the body's innate ability to manage and cope.
In somatic psychology the client is encouraged to experience the body as a resource; and especially with trauma we do not necessarily focus on talking, but on becoming aware of what the body needs to let go and release the residue of traumatic events.
We work together to stay "in the moment", to sense the body's various sensations, tensions, and through finding relaxation, using breathing, or a movement, we allow inner wisdom to come to the surface.
For more information visit traumahealing.org at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement.
Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.
The therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities.
The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.
Watch this space... more to come :-)