Child & Adolescent Therapy

 

Child Therapy


Celia uses Play Therapy with children, as they respond well to playing and can often express many of their worries and concerns through play.  In general children don’t sit and discuss their problems, but are very comfortable playing, while the therapist joins in.  The therapist is able to use the play session as an opportunity to learn about the child’s underlying feelings and concerns, and then respond to them within the play environment.  This way children can be helped in a manner which is appropriate for their age and capabilities.


Celia works with children of all ages.  For younger children sessions are held together with parents, and can address issues such as insecurities, sleeping problems, eating problems and tantrums.  Older children come for play therapy on their own, but regular sessions are held with parents to discuss the relevant issues and to work together to help the child.  Frequent problems include behavioural issues, difficulties regulating (controlling) their emotions, school refusal, sibling rivalry, depression and anxieties.


Adolescent Therapy


Adolescents respond differently to younger children, and make their own choices about whether they want to do some art activities during therapy (eg drawing) or whether they prefer just to talk with the therapist.  It is important that all therapy takes into account the developmental needs of the individual.


When working with children, it is essential that parents are part of the process. This is because the more the parents are involved, the better they are able to respond to their children’s worries and behaviours at home, supporting the therapy process, and empowering parents.