Specialist services for children who are Looked After or Adopted
Having worked for a children looked after team in CAMHS for over a decade working with children who are looked after or adopted is my primary interest and my main area of expertise.
As Certified Theraplay Therapist and Trainer I can enable children who are finding hard to access more traditional therapeutic techniques work to the point where they connect with their primary carer as a secure base. Ideally I like to start to work with children as young as possible and from as early in placement as possible. I actively seek to work with all the adults surrounding the child including schools, carers, supporting social workers and the child's own social worker and I like to provide a tailored package of therapy that might include starting with Theraplay and working through therapeutic life story work to more traditional non directive and play based therapeutic intervention.
Please note I can only take on work with adopted children and families where this is commissioned by a registered adoption agency.
The most precious gift you can give a child is ... time
Some of what I can offer
For children and young people; counselling using verbal and non verbal methods, Theraplay®, Story Stem Assessment, assessment of therapeutic need, group work around specific settings and/or specific issues e.g. residential units, Theraplay groups, developing peer support programmes, managing exam preparation and performance stress etc
For Parents and Carers; consultation around issues of parenting including fostering.
For professionals and organisations; clinical supervision for counsellors and those using counselling skills, supervision/consultation for group work with children, consultative support for staff groups and for individual professionals working with children e.g. in Education, Social Work, Health or the Voluntary sector, training around issues relating to the emotional development and therapeutic needs of children and young people. Supervision for people working towards Theraplay certification.
Please contact me to discuss your situation. With extensive contacts in this field of work in the Bedford area, if I'm not the best person to help I might be able to point you to good local source of support.