Sessions last between 30-40 minutes depending on the age/stage of the client. Both short term (12 sessions) or longer term (24 sessions) are available. Any sessions longer than 24 are discussed and negotiated depending upon the specific issues of the client.
High School Groups
Groups include 4 to 6 young people for a duration of six weeks. The practice is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Young people who may benefit from this include those who experience:
Difficulties at home
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Play Therapy Service
Within a group session both non directive and directive therapy is used. These are designed for dealing with specific issues i.e. bullying, self esteem, anger management, bereavement etc. A group consists of 4 clients (max) and are offered between 6-12 sessions.
Children who have had individual therapy can also take part in group therapy once their own therapy has ended. This situation is suitable for issues such as low self esteem, peer relationships, bullying and building friendships, for example.
Our therapist travels to the locality of the client i.e. their school, home or an agreed 'other' location. The therapeutic tool kit contains creative mediums which help and enable the client to express their thoughts and feelings.
Charlene Campbell is certified to practice Play Therapy and also holds BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology and a MEd in the Psychology of Education. Charlene has worked with children and young people for 20 years in a variety of different settings. She has spent the last 9 years working with Looked After Children who display extremely challenging behaviours. She holds a Level 3 safeguarding certificate and an in date enhanced DBS. She has liability insurance and adheres to the BACP ethical framework and has regular clinical supervisions. Charlene ensures she pursues Continued Professional Development.
The Tool Kit
Rather than expecting or encouraging a child to talk through their particular difficulties using verbal explanations, our Play Therapist will help the client to express their difficult thoughts/feelings through the metaphors of play. This is done using a range of techniques, helping the child to become more aware of their feelings and giving them an opportunity to express these feelings. The 'awareness' of feelings is paramount and without this change may not occur.
Some of the items in the tool kit include: Some other techniques used in Play Therapy include:
Sand tray Role play
Clay Creative visualisation
Puppets Therapeutic storytelling
Art materials Movement and dance