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Working with the child or young person

Young people do not need to be articulate and able to explain their difficulties in order to access therapy.  Some children and adolescents may talk very little or not at all, and might prefer to communicate in play or through games.  Some young people might feel hostile to the idea of therapy and feel like there must be something wrong with them; they might very reasonably be suspicious of the therapist in the first instance. 

All of the therapists here are experienced at working with children and young people who may initially be reluctant to attend or anxious / angry about attending.  

The therapist uses all of the child’s communication, including the relationship that they form with the therapist, how they respond to the therapy environment, what they do (or do not) say, what they might play or draw, to build up a picture of the child’s state of mind.  There is no requirement that the child or young person is able to explain any of this or (initially) feel any motivation to seek help.  In the early sessions the therapist will carry out an assessment to establish which way of working is likely to be most helpful, how the child or young person prefers to communicate, and whether it is helpful to see the child alone or with parents / family members.