I have qualified as a Play Therapist in 2015 when I have graduated a MSc degree in Play Therapy under the accreditation of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) at South Wales University.
My approach to working therapeutically with children is creative and integrative, matched to every individual child. My aim is to provide a safe environment and a trustworthy therapeutic relationship for children to express their worries, feelings and doubts and make sense of their difficulties and struggles.
Over the years, I have been working in various schools with numerous children from different backgrounds who had to deal with emotional difficulties, friendship issues, loss and bereavement, bullying, trauma, neglect, separation, abuse, domestic violence, war. At the moment, I work with children from age 4 to 12.
What to expect in a Play Therapy Session?
I will meet with you and your child before we come to an agreement that play therapy meets your child’s needs. In the initial meeting, I will try to find out more about the history of your child’s development and your family structure and relationships, and the struggles that you have as a family. In this initial meeting, it is very important to decide together realistic goals for your child’s play therapy intervention. You will also be informed about confidentiality and the boundaries of the playroom.
The Play Therapy sessions will take place weekly at the same time and place, and it will last between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on your child’s age and needs. Your child can talk about his or her sessions and the things we might do or talk about, but he or she does not have to.
The therapeutic intervention can last between 12 to 30 sessions, depending on the individual needs of your child. The progress of your child and the ending of play therapy intervention are always firstly discussed with the child during his or her sessions and the decision is made between the play therapist, the child and the family. At the end, we could decide together that an additional or different intervention might be beneficial for you and your child such as Filial Therapy, Parenting Skills or Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.