Gentle trauma therapy for children
Rooted in play and a deep respect for the natural wisdom of the body-mind
Accidents, falls, surgery, death, and big life changes such as moving house or school can easily overwhelm a child, and potentially lead to chronic problems later in life when left unresolved. The good news is we have the transformative tools to support a child to feel safe, relaxed and happy again.
Answers to your questions
What traumas/symptoms do you help with?
Surgery, accidents of any kind, abuse, loss of a loved one, bullying, disturbed sleep patterns, being over emotional. If your child's trauma or symptom isn't listed here, please write to me with the details.
What happens in a session?
The focus is on (re)building a child's nervous system regulation at a safe and respectful pace. The more regulated their nervous system the less stress will bother them, and the quicker they'll let go of it if it does.
Key to this is a healthy attachment to the parent(s) and therapist, which is why sessions are rooted in play merged with key principles of the pioneering Somatic Experiencing (SE) approach. SE understands that we have hidden within our body-mind's everything we need to overcome life's overwhelming events.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions last 45 minutes, and at least one parent/guardian must be present.
How many sessions will we need?
I don't know, sorry. Sometimes one is enough. It partly depends on the nature of the trauma.
How do we best prepare for the sessions?
Do you recognise any of these signs of trauma?