Service and Interest
Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy
I have a special interest working with children and provide brief and long-term therapy to children.
I mainly apply play therapy to work with children but tailor my approach to the developmental level and need of the child. The first session is spent with the parents/caregivers in order to gain as much information as possible on the child’s developmental history and the history of the presenting problem.
Play generally comes very natural to children and they can easily learn through play. It is therefore an effective way of reaching children and giving them the space to express what is troubling them within the containment of the therapeutic relationship to promote healing.
The parents also have an important part to play in therapy. During the process I meet regularly with the parents/caregivers in order to address understanding and support through psycho-education and parental guidance. Depending on the child’s developmental level and presenting problem, a therapeutic model where a caregiver and child are both present in the session might be adapted. Sessions are generally on a weekly basis and the duration of sessions is determined by the child’s level of maturity (generally varying from 30-50minutes).
Various problems that can be addressed in children:
- Adjustment problems (relating to changes at home, family or school environment)
- Relationship or attachment difficulties
- Anxiety, fears or phobias
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Bereavement or loss
- Academic problems
- Acute/chronic illnesses or hospitalisations
- Difficulties with bladder and bowel control (enuresis and encopresis)
- Disruptive behaviour
- Anger and aggression
- ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) symptoms
- Emotional dysregulation
Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults
I offer brief and long-term therapy for adolescents and adults. My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet the needs of the client. The initial session will focus on gaining understanding of the client’s concerns and challenge as well as what the need from therapy might be. With adolescents the parents might be part of this process with frequent meetings with parents for parental guidance also a possibility.
Sessions are generally on a weekly or second weekly basis and are typically 50-60minutes long.
Various problems that can be addressed in adolescents and adults:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, fears, obsessions and compulsions.
- Relationship difficulties
- Adjustment and coping with life changes
- Emotion dysregulation (feeling overwhelmed easily, not coping with intense emotions, anger management difficulties, impulsivity, etc.)
- Bereavement and loss
- Personal growth and self-exploration
- Confusion about self/identity
- Abuse (sexual, physical and emotional)
- Support for patients with psychotic disorders
- Suicidality and self-harming behaviour
- Eating disorders
- Body image
- LGBTQIA+ challenges
- Sexual difficulties
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Sleeping disturbances
- Terminal or acute illness support
- Support or psycho-education