Person-centred therapeutic play:
Facilitates the inherent tendency to grow & reach the child’s full potential.
Provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
Is a means to explore emotions and experiences that need discharging, communicating, and working through, since play and creativity can operate on impulses from the unconscious.
Allows the therapeutic relationship to discover and nurture different and complex qualities of the emotional right brain.
Allows the playing out of difficult experiences so that sense can be made of it in order to develop the capacity to cope better in the future.
Develops empathic, emotional, co-regulation, allowing me to pay attention to the nuances of the emotional quality of the play unconsciously as well as consciously.
Child Development, Infancy Research & Interpersonal Neurobiology:
Places emphasis on the significance of emotional attunement, co-regulation, and attending to the verbal and non-verbal aspects of a child to maintain healthy emotional stability.
Facilitates connecting the instinctual downstairs brain with the thoughtful upstairs brain (responsible for decision making, personal insight, empathy, and morality).
Facilitates integration of a child’s thoughts and feelings by helping a child use both the logical left brain & the emotional right brain.
An integrated mind improves decision-making, better control of body and emotions, fuller self-understanding, and stronger relationships.
Integration of the mind, brain, body, relationships and experiences facilitates development of social and emotional intelligence
Attachment and Psychoanalytic theory:
Facilitates my understanding of a child’s attachment style and ways of relating to others.
Raises my awareness of unconscious motives & desires, and fears & anxieties.
Enables me to make connections with earlier experiences and difficult emotions.
Allows me to recognise coping stratedgies and defence mechanisms as a means to shield against painful realities & emotions.
Supports my belief that the therapeutic relationship can reactivate the attachment circuitry and re-shape attachment behaviour.
Systemic and Transcultural theory:
Enables me to reflect on different systems (the school, family, community, etc.) influencing your child and their behaviour.
Raises my awareness & allows me to work with different cultural norms and think about the affect transcultural challenges has on an individual's sense of self and sense of identity.
Mindfulness and Mindsight:
Facilitates the process of of developing your child's awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and behaviours in the present moment.
Continuously develops my own self awareness and facilitates the development of self awareness in the child, a significant attribute of therapeutic counselling.