Children and young people are offered space in therapy to think about the struggles they are experiencing and to develop a trusting relationship with their therapist which enables them to share some of these difficulties. For younger children and those who struggle to verbalise their feelings, play, games and drawing can be used to better understand the inner world of that young person. My experience includes working with "Looked- After Children", primary and secondary aged children, children with complex trauma and university students.
Parents and Carers
When a child is struggling it is always necessary to get the perspective of those closest to the child. This may be the parents, but can also be those who have guardianship or parental responsibility for the child. The aim of meeting the child's carers is to think about them in the context of their daily environment and their position and role within the 'family'. It is often helpful for the work with parents/carers to continue or recur at intervals throughout the child's therapy and this may be with another therapist.