from 8 years of age
Children's Play Therapy Vs Youth Counselling
Similar to Children's Play Therapy, Youth Counselling is also experiential, interactive, innovative, and engaging.
Youth Counselling incorporates additional principles from key theories and therapeutic models to provide older children with a more developmentally appropriate and effective counselling experience.
Where Children's Play Therapy is all-play and non-directive (child-centred), Youth Counselling takes a multi-dimensional approach. Whilst there will be elements of art, craft, bioenergetics, and play there is greater emphasis on talking and implementing:-
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), DBT (Dialetical Behavioural Therapy), Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused or Narrative Therapies interventions.
With children I work around areas of developmental change, puberty, growing up, developing a secure sense of identity and working with family and other significant relationships. I often focus on building resilience and self-esteem as a way of tackling not only issues young people are currently facing, but also enabling them to manage tough times in the future.
Sandplay Therapy and Expressive Therapies are helpful for children with delayed language or feeling shy or nervous about talking. Tweens and younger adolescents with lots of energy or dysregulated states will be sincerely acknowledged and validated for their activated nervous systems and what their behaviours are trying to communicate. Their needs will be accommodated. They will be encouraged to move, and soothing, regulating alternative movements will be suggested.
Depending on the needs of the young person and the goal for counselling, across the span of the therapeutic care sessions will typically include:-
Progressive muscle exercises
Given their developmental maturity, they can participate and benefit from:-
Sensorimotor Guided Drawing