What is Play Therapy/ Creative Therapy?

 

Play Therapy is used to connect with children as this is how most children communicate. How your child communicates will depend on your child’s age and cognitive development. Playing gives your child the freedom they need to express their self and explore emotions and thoughts that develop from their experience of life. As adults a lot of us don’t acknowledge that we still play, but for most of us, we don’t play the same way as children. A lot of adults, watch more films, read books, draw, and write poems, journals, set goals or verbally communicate to each other to explore possible emotions and thoughts of future events or to explore past and present emotions and thoughts. Play therapy offers your child a connection whereby they can be seen and listened to within their communication rather than your child being encouraged to try to communicate to meet the adult world.

 

Creative Therapy can also be used has a tool to also help adults express feelings and thoughts as sometimes words are just not enough!

 

Through this process, I am able to hold my needs in order to meet your child’s need which gives your child the opportunity to explore whatever part of their life they wish to. I am able to empathise with their emotions and thoughts, experiencing and empathising with their life. Through my interactions, I offer a safe and secure attachment for your child to express and show themselves whether that is verbally or through play, therefore, allowing your child the opportunity to experience acceptance, honesty and genuineness from me. I believe through this process they will gain more awareness into their thoughts, feelings or intuition or all three. Therefore giving your child the opportunity to understand situations where they are able to develop strategies to change, heal or both.

 

All of this will have a happy and fulfilling impact on your child’s life and will help them to feel understood and accepted in whichever way they wish to communicate.

 

Complete Freedom offers your child a safe and quiet room where they can play/create or talk to express their thoughts and feelings this is based at 31 Sprotbrough Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN5 8BN (Please press on Contact above for more directions). Parents/Carers are welcome to stay in the reception area or visit Doncaster town centre while the sessions take place, however, it is important that you return ten minutes before the session is due to finish.

 

Sessions in other locations, such as in schools, social services are available. Please contact me for details.

 

 

Therapeutic Approach

 

Fundamentally, Complete Freedom’s therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969; Ainsworth, 1973) which emphasises the crucial developmental significance of early childhood experiences of security. I work integrative applying various theoretical approaches of the psychological world such as Humanistic (Maslow,1969 et al)  Psychodynamic (Freud, 1923 et al) TA (Berne, 1950 et al) and Elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Beck, 1960 et al) and Solution Focused Therapy are applied where appropriate to the needs of children, adolescents and parents. Systemic thinking is used to understand schools and social services context when I apply counselling within an organisational setting.

 

My core foundation of this framework is Person Centred (Carl Rogers, 1951) whereby I offer my clients a secure and confidential environment where I listen attentively to their story. I offer clients time, empathy and respect they need to express their feelings and perhaps understand themselves from a different perspective. My aim is to help them reduce their confusion which can enable them to cope with challenges or if the client chooses to, make positive changes in their life where necessary. I witness this movement when trust, honesty and acceptance are present between us.

 

How does it work?

 

Sessions  last 45 minutes and are conducted on a face to face basis in my therapy room. For schools/social services this would be in a safe and private room allocated within the organisational's grounds with room for play materials.

 

All session content is kept strictly confidential, the only time that I would need to break confidentiality is if

  • I believe there is a serious risk of the client harming themselves or another person.

  • Where I am informed of an apparent illegal action which places the client or another person at risk.

  • In the unlikely event of any of these issues arising, every effort would be made to discuss them with the client in the first instance.



Fees

First 30-minute session is free to give us both the chance to see if your child can work with me and vice versa. For schools the initial set up is free.

 

All following sessions  are £40.00 per session. 

 

For children's agencies such as schools/social services, it is: £40.00 for individual sessions

                                                                                                         £100.00 for half a day (3 sessions)

                                                                                                         £210.00 for a full day (5 sessions)

 

 

A discount will be applied when block booking. Whilst significant change is possible in a short period of time, a minimum of twelve sessions (the process for children can be slower than for adults) is recommended to benefit fully from the counselling relationship.

NB: If you are self-employed or a business Life Coaching  and Counselling can be counted as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for taxation purposes.

 

I work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

 

Supervision

I am duty bound by BACP Professional Body’s Requirements to have regular supervision sessions. This helps me to remain effective as a Counsellor/Life Coach. All issues that I discuss with my supervisor are covered by the same rules of confidentiality as above. This means that if your case is discussed in supervision, you will not be identified to the supervisor. I will just refer to you as “a client I am working with”.