“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up, but a child’s purpose is to be a child.” – Tom Stoppard
Set in a private location, yet accessible from all road networks, The Therapy Cabin is purpose build for a relaxing therapeutic experience. A non-clinical setting with soft furnishings, cushions, blankets so you can be comfortable. There is also a therapy treatment table and soft mats for the floor.
You will not be sitting in a busy waiting room with others.
There is also a toilet, hand washing facilities and ample free, easy parking.
I can help children and young people (teens)
How can I help?
I offer 1 to 1 FOCUSSED THERAPY sessions, tailored to meet your child’s needs.
After an initial conversation and taking some history, I will treat your child with your support.
I am trained in many therapy modalities which integrate together to make sure your child gets the help and support they need.
I am TRAUMA TRAINED and TRAUMA INFORMED. This is very important and it is something you should ask before working with a professional.
Some people delay seeking help because they are afraid their children will not be able to tell me what’s going on or that retelling or reliving a past experience may retraumatise them. If you are worried about this I fully understand. My number one rule is SAFETY and I establish this early on and I work at a slow pace.
Children and young people often don’t want to or simply can’t tell me a lot of information and that is absolutely fine. I do not need to hear the full story to treat them. I can work with what they can tell me and what’s happening in their bodies.
Children come to see me for many reasons. I specialise in supporting children, young people and their family. The children and young people I see often have EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES.
Many of the children/young people I help have a diagnosis. This may include one or more of the following:-
- SELECTIVE MUTISM
- TRAUMA RECOVERY
- SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER
- STRUGGLING IN THE CLASSROOM
- SLEEP ISSUES and more…
It is common for children and young people with a diagnosis of ADHD,ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, ODD,PDA, Selective Mutism etc to also have anxiety as a comorbid condition. We help the anxiety, then it will help overall.
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
I have been learning and studying for many years and credit the work of amazing people like Dr Stephen Porges, Dr Mona Delahooke, Dr Gabor Maté, Dr Dan Siegel, Dr Bruce Perry and others to help me understand human behaviour and in particular children’s behaviour. Looking through a different and wider lens and using Mind – Body Science, Neuroscience, Neurobiology and the Polyvagal Theory
As a therapist who works with the mind and the body, I can help your child (and you) understand what is happening in their body and how to feel better fast. Where professionals adapt a slant towards using a ‘Top-Down’ only approach, then no matter how well-intentioned they are, they will often fail children. This is why I work ‘Top-Down’ and ‘Bottom-Up’.
Children are very responsive to the therapies I use and love the body work.
Check out my Stories page for testimonials from parents whose children I have helped!
MY CHILD HAS ANXIETY
A child may experience anxiety if they are nervous or worried about a particular thing. It may stop them doing things and their lives can become very small if it continues for a period of time. It may stop the child’s ability to function, including eating, drinking, sitting or completing work. One child experiencing increased anxiety at school may start crying when he is called on to answer a question. Some children will experience increased anxiety at school. They may act out and cause disruptions in class or be so quiet, you might not even know they are there.
In all scenarios the child is experiencing a fight, flight or freeze response (F/F/F). They are operating in survival mode as a way to cope with what is happening.
I help many children with school anxiety This is very common and when we listen to why a child doesn’t want to go to school, we can put suitable accommodations in place and look at the stressors the child may be experiencing which is causing them anxiety.
I work to slowly increase the child’s ‘window of tolerance’ so they can move safely into school again.
MY CHILD HAS CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR
When we look beyond the behaviour we can see what the child is trying ot tell us. ALL BEHAVIOUR IS COMMUNICATION.
Looking through #adifferentlens will help us look beyond what we see.
Read my blog on ‘WHY A CHILD’S BEHAVIOUR, MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK.’
Click here to read it.