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.