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Parents & Children from Run Free Counselling and Group work

By: Run Free Counselling and Group work  06-Jan-2016
Keywords: Parent and Children Counselling

I offer both normal counselling and Theraplay sessions. Before seeing children on their own, I would arrange to meet with a parent/care giver and the child first. I am a trained Theraplay practitioner. Theraplay involves working on improving the relationship between a young child and his/her caregiver (usually ages 4-7). This in turn leads to an easier relationship and improved behaviour from the child. It involves an initial assessment session where I observe requested interactions and provide feedback. This is then followed by several sessions where the care-giver and child play closely together at activities I introduce (each activity has a purpose,) while I observe ,sometimes join in, encourage and suggest possible new ways of being together. “ Developed in the 1960’s in America, Theraplay is a form of focused play therapy designed to enhance attachments between parents and children. Theraplay activities are playful, fun and developmentally enhancing and are designed to be practiced with a therapist as well as at home. Theraplay theorists have identified four essential elements for secure attachment: •Appropriate level of structure •Nurture •Engagement •Developmental challenge In Theraplay, the first step is an assessment of these four elements in the child-parent relationship. The outcome of this assessment will determine the sort of activities that the therapist will support the child and parent to engage in. Each activity will work to redress any imbalance or deficit in the four elements”.

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