Child Therapy

Brief explanation of the Therapy

Child Therapy is a form of therapy working individually with a child or young person drawing on my training as an occupational therapist and experience working within mental health. This means that where appropriate the sessions are based on therapeutic activities using play, specific activities and talking using active listening. It is to help the child or young person explore what is happening for them in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment.

What to expect at the appointment

Please feel free to call confidentially and discuss the issues with the therapist to see if it is suitable for your child or young person.

The first appointment will be ensuring the child or young person is comfortable with the therapist and the therapy. Then obtaining some background information from them and their parents on what is currently difficult for them. Also there will be a conversation over confidentiality and what that means. From this a plan for future appointments can be obtained including the frequency of the sessions.

The appointment is an hour long.

Parenting classes are run over a period of six weeks for two hours per week, both parents are welcome.

What will happen in a session

The sessions are an opportunity for the child or young person to explore what is happening for them and their feelings around this. It can take the form of play, talking or specific activities designed to help the individual explore what is happening for them.

Parents are welcome to stay for the session if that is what the child or young person wants, with the aim when they are comfortable for the session to be without the parents. However the parent is always invited back to the session in the last 10-15 minutes for the child or young person to discuss what has happened in the session. There is also an opportunity for the parents to attend without the child or young person to discuss how they are feeling about the situation and any concerns they have.

How many sessions should the client need before they see a result

The number of sessions is tailored to the individual and is reviewed on a six weekly basis.

What can the Therapy help

These are just some examples of what the therapy can help however if you are uncertain please do not hesitate to call the therapist to talk through the situation confidentially and with no obligation:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Low self esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Difficulties at school
  • Difficulties at home

Who would benefit from this type of Therapy

  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families
  • Schools