In order to encourage and engage children into talking freely about painful issues, we need to use verbal counselling skills in conjunction with other strategies. The use of different media to involve the child in play therapy; including sand tray, puppets, miniature animals and art – can provide the child with creative ways to communicate their stories.
With 15 years experience of teaching and nurturing children aged between 2-11, Kate has more recently been asked by parents ‘What might bring a Child into Counselling?’ & ‘Why would a child benefit from a therapeutic relationship?’ Great questions.
Previously at Place2Be UK Charity – Kate has volunteered with primary aged children presenting with all sorts of diverse issues including; low self-esteem, anxiety, lack of confidence, withdrawal, bereavement, transitions, jealousy of a sibling or step sibling, bullying, loss, parents splitting up, self-harm, anger, abuse and domestic violence.
Her clinical thinking has been informed by Virginia Axline (1947) ‘Play Therapy’ which in some ways paralleled aspects of Carl Rogers’ work with adults. Kate’s use of reflective listening within an empathic, warm, and accepting relationship, enables the child to get past their resistance to solve their own problems.
Originally influenced by Geldard & Geldard (1997) SPICC Model, Kate has expanded on this, creating her own model she calls SPRICT (Sequentially Planned Relational Integrative Children’s Therapy) weaving Mindfulness techniques together with the Gestalt, Person-Centred and Narrative aspects of her approach.
To book a Confidential Initial Consultation with Kate for your child, please call 07725 109961 or fill in the online form requesting an appointment. Kate sees Children at her Imperial Wharf, SW6 office only.
‘Thank you so much for all your help and guidance last year. I have gained so much and feel stronger within myself to deal with everything sent my way!’
Victoria, Chelsea, 2016/17
‘…I finally feel that I can go through this, whereas before , I couldn’t just imagine, I thought this was the end for everything. When I come to you, no matter what I’m going through or how bad it is, I just feel safe and feel understood…It gives me some calm state of mind..that sense of safeness and understanding I just feel so good…You have accepted me for who I am, I can’t thank you enough! How you put up with me; last week that, this week this – and always you are here for me. Like family. You are so positive and always not judging’
Natalia, West London, 2016
‘I have started a new job and am really enjoying it. Many thanks for all of your help last year. I will certainly be in touch if I require any more therapeutic help in the future.’
G.S Central, London 2016
“I leave each session refreshed, motivated to keep moving forwards and a true feeling of kindness to myself and how far I’ve come..”
D Smith, W. London
‘Alongside Kate’s committed listening she has helped me revolutionise how I view myself.’