The Adult Counselling process is dialogue centred and is guided by the person centred philosophy which is based on the following fundamental areas genuineness, empathy, unconditional positive regard. Leigh provides a safe and professional environment that allows you to explore and express your feelings, thoughts, and emotions. It is a private and non-judgemental process which allows her clients an honest clarity about their situation. It is a supportive space to enable the healing process to begin.
Some of the areas counselling can support you:
Sadness, Grief and Loss, Illness, Depression, Abuse, Childhood Issues, Life Changes, Relationships, Life Stage Changes, Trauma, Mental Health, Conflict, Self Estem, Change, Stress, Worry and Anxiety, Family Issues, to name but a few.
Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT)
Leigh is also a counsellor for Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT) which is centred around child lead play.
“Birds fly, Fish Swim and Children Play”
Garry L . Landreth
Sometimes children are not able to explain why they are angry, upset or frustrated and this can effect them in many ways such as withdrawing, internalising hurt emotions, anxiety or it can also come out in behaviour. As the CCPT process it does not ask anything of the child other than to play how they would naturally the child begins to feel comfortable and thus begins this wonderful process of relationship and engagement. As the child learns to trust the process the play becomes the way the child communicates what is happening for them.
CCPT has been around since the 1930′s and is used extensively overseas. Play therapy is a natural and exciting way to work with children and is now available in New Zealand.
CCPT has been researched and proven highly effective in multiple childhood issues or disorders. As it is a natural way for children to process emotionally what they need to and in a developmentally appropriate way.
Our first step is to meet with the parents to discuss what has brought you to CCPT. We then fill in questionnaires to gain understanding and chat about what might be happening for the child. These same questionnaires are used during the counselling process for reviewing purposes. The questionnaires can often highlight some areas the child maybe struggling with behaviourally and emotionally. Sometimes it may be necessary to get extra input from teachers or the school.
The play therapy process has 4 clear stages that a child will work through during the duration of therapy. The child will have an initial introduction to the play room and Leigh explains how the playroom works. The children then take the lead in their play process and Leigh facilitates and works alongside their very personal play process so they feel supported during this time.
Sessions last around 40 minutes per week and it may take as many as 16 plus sessions depending on the issues.
Leigh meets with the parents or caregivers in separate sessions to support and guide them with the process. Often parents maybe invited to participate in the sessions as an observer or participant in the play process, this requires some training which Leigh also provides.
It is a wonderful way for children to work on their inner and outer conflicts and it is respectful and supportive of the stage and age of the child as they are setting the pace and working on what they naturally need to.
These are some of the areas CCPT supports children and families
- Excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and shyness
- Grief and Loss
- Parental seperation
- Family dynamics
- Aggression and acting out behaviours
- School difficulties (Bullying, impact of learning issues etc)
- Social adjustment issues
- Self concept and self esteem
- Chronic illness/hospitalisation/surgery
- Physical symptoms without any medical cause
- Bonding and Attachment
- Foster, adoption and identity issues
Leigh meets with all parents/caregivers prior to meeting with the child to discuss the CCPT process and if it is suitable for the child and their needs.
Resources for more information and research around CCPT
Child Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice by Jennifer N.Baggerly (Author, Editor), Dee C. Ray (Author, Editor), Sue C. Bratton (Author, Editor).