REFERRAL PROCESS

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SCHOOLS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS

I can come to schools with my mobile kit if there are two or more children in the school who require play therapy.  I would need to be able to use a regular private room, and see the child at the same time each week. Do get in touch if you would like to chat through options. I am part of a collaboration of Play Therapists in the area and if for any reason I can't help on this occasion I may be able to recommend other qualified and registered therapists to you.  My work in schools is either funded directly by the school or parents, or more often through an EHCP, Pupil Premium, Personal Education Plan or through Social Care.  Perhaps you are interested in seeking funding from a trust or foundation for me to deliver play therapy in your school; we could collaborate and I could put a funding bid together for a specific project.  

In addition to prioritising a child's mental health, a school may wish to engage a play therapist to help the child benefit from teaching by alleviating their emotional, behaviour and mental health problems.

A school might look to see an improvement in the child’s:

• Communication with others

• Participation in group work

• Listening

• Concentration on work

• Improved attendance rates.

And, also:

• Reduction in exclusions

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PARENTS

If you are interested in finding out more about Play Therapy please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Initially, we can have an informal telephone conversation to see if it is appropriate to make a referral.

If you decide to make a referral we would schedule an introductory parent/carer meeting.  I would meet with you to discuss the difficulties your child is experiencing and for you to meet me and ask any questions you might have.  We would then schedule an introductory session for your child so they can see if they would like to come along.  If you and your child decide to continue then we would initially arrange for a minimum course of 12 sessions.  I usually arrange a review meeting around week 8 to discuss how it's going. When an end date is agreed there is a countdown to help your child have a 'good end' to therapy and then a final short end meeting between yourselves and me. 

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Theraplay®

Theraplay® is a child and family therapy for enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child, and is personal, physical and fun. Click on the link to find out more.

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Outdoor Play Therapy

At times, if possible and appropriate, I work with children outside of the play therapy room once a therapeutic alliance and safe boundaries have been established. Many schools now also have appropriate outdoor spaces/Forest School areas that can be utilised effectively.