How I work
I am an integrative child counsellor, working with 4-16 year olds. I use play, movement and arts to work on strong emotions, helping children to understand the big emotions they are feeling, what they are trying to express and help them understand what is going on for them. Some of the strong sensations they experience are pre-verbal, forming before they could talk. So they need to be able to put words to their feelings.
With the older children we talk about what’s going on in their brains – why they feel specific emotions and why it’s difficult to make good choices in challenging moments. I tell teenagers about their teenage brains and how they are wired differently, and let them know there will come a time when they will feel ok and see things differently. I talk about brain chemistry, the upstairs and downstairs brain, what is going on in their body, what their symptoms are as they are about to explode, so they can start to notice this in themselves.
We work with games, painting, clay, slime, spray painting, cornflour, physio balls, wobble boards, movement.