Theraplay is a child and family therapy used for building and enhancing attachment , self esteem, trust and joyful engagement. The principles of theraplay are based on the natural patterns of a playful, secure attachment ween parent and child. Laura has trained in the principles of Theraplay® and group Theraplay® (Level 1/2) and is currently working towards further certification with the Theraplay® Institute.
Attachment Focussed Family Therapy (DDP Informed)
Attachment focussed family therapy is where the aim of the therapist is to help to improve the parent/child relationship and work towards building an emotionally secure relationship. Attachment focussed family therapy is heavily influenced through the work of Dan Hughes model of therapy. Laura has trained in both level 1/2 and receives clinical supervision via a DDP clinical consultant.
Play & Creative Arts Therapy
Play Therapy supports and helps children and young people to understand their muddled feelings and make sense of experiences that they are unable to verbalise. Rather than having to explain painful feelings and memories, play therapy helps children to communicate their words through the power of play at their own pace within a safe and contained environment.
Therapeutic Life Story Work
Compared to the traditional practice of Life Story Work, Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) is an approach that involves supporting the child to revisit their past alongside the child’s primary carer. TLSW works from an attachment perspective incorporating interventions that enable the child and /young person/adult to make sense of their history in a safe and contained space.
Life Story Books
Children have a right to their life history, to help them understand their past and why important decisions were made. Life story books are a must not a need, they allow a factual narrative to be seen and not hidden. Life story books need to be drawn from multiple perspectives portraying a rounded approach to the child's life line.
Parent-Child Attachment Play
Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) is a programme for primary carers. The PCAP practitioner works with the primary carer to develop child-oriented play skills and encourage the carers ability to contain the child in positive ways such as strengthening the attachment. Once these skills are in place, the practitioner helps the primary carer set up a short, structured playtime at home with the child supported by the practitioner.