CHILDREN AND YOUTH
To help make sense of a child's difficulties, I use play, drawing and words. I combine several methodologies in my work. I tailor my approach to the individual child and work in an age-appropriate way.
Regular parent consultations are an important part of the process.
Parent meetings focus on helping parents understand and make
sense of their child's behaviour and how to modify their response
to their child. Please see below for an outline of each of the
modalities that I use to create a therapeutic plan for your child.
Art Therapy allows the client to explore thoughts and feelings using
a variety of art supplies including markers, paint, clay, photography
and digital art.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a form of psychotherapy. It was originally designed to treat
depression, but is now used for a number of mental illnesses.
It works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior.
With children, I use art to teach emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence gives children the capacity to be aware of, control, and express their emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships with empathy.
Mindfulness uses meditation and breathing to help children and adults. As published in Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People, written by Katherine Weare, "Well- conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self‐esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self‐awareness and empathy" .
I use fitness, games and play to help children to release stress, gain confidence and help them to improve developmentally-appropriate play skills.