Donna uses a combination of play, art, drama, music, movement, sand, puppets, creative visualisation, therapeutic stories and talking therapies to help children explore their thoughts and feelings towards particular events in their life. This approach enables children to process their experiences in a manner that they feel more comfortable with and it is taken at their own pace.
Within counselling sessions, children and young people have the opportunity to talk about their issues in a safe, trusting environment.
As Donna's counselling sessions are held in the play room, She will often incorporate creative activities to help a child express themselves in a deeper way than often provided with words. Often, feelings are intangible and can be expressed more fully and freely within a creative activity.
Julie-Anne works with parents to gain support in making the changes within their family to help them overcome any difficulties that they are experiencing. They work together to identify and prioritise and difficulties and then find workable solutions for your family.
Julie-Anne facilitates therapeutic support sessions for individual children who are struggling with a particular issue.
She also works with small groups of children, who are experiencing similar difficulties.
Julie-Anne will gently teach coping strategies to children and help them to learn new ways of expressing themselves to their parents.
Donna is trained as a Level 1 practitioner. Theraplay® is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay® interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. 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.
Donna is trained as a Level 1 practitioner. Dyadic Developmental Practice is an all encompassing approach that includes parenting and caring for children as well as the therapy. Central within DDP is relating to others in a manner which embraces Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE), a way of thinking which deepens the emotional connections in our relationship with others.