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.