Frequently Asked Questions
Children usually receive a minimum of 12 sessions of Individual Play Therapy or Creative Counselling, lasting 40 minutes each.
The sessions are held at the same time, in the same place each week. It’s important to think carefully about when sessions will take place to ensure that the schedule can be maintained throughout as consistency is vital to the process.
Play Therapy and Creative Counselling is best taken place at a neutral location, for example your child’s school or my private space located in Borehamwood.
Client’s sessions are treated with the highest level of confidentiality.
All precautions will be taken to protect information held about the families that are using the counselling service.
Parental/Guardian permission is required for all children and young people to attend Play Therapy and Creative Counselling sessions.
Play Therapy and Creative Counselling sessions involve the client and the therapist, so you will be unable to attend your child or young person’s sessions.
I will liaise with parents/guardians, either in person, by email or by phone.
Play Therapy and Creative Counselling sessions are a chance for children to explore their inner world in a safe space. This means we need to respect their space and privacy.
The child is free to share any information they want to about their session with whoever they would like to.
I will not share any information regarding the child’s sessions with parents, however I am happy to share overall progress.
- Parents can feel free to contact me in between sessions if they have any questions or concerns.
I will email you following my first session with your child to touch base with how we both feel the session went. For self-funded clients; I will then check in with you by phone after our third session.
You can schedule a review meeting with me over the course of any 12 weeks intervention to discuss progression for an additional fee. Please gain permission from your child’s school for this if you are school funded.
I am also able to provide an End of Play Therapy report upon request for an additional fee. A report is usually agreed before school funded sessions begin.
- Play Therapy, Creative Counselling and Life Story Work can only be undertaken with the consent of the person/s holding legal guardianship of the child.
- Referrals can be made from parents or legal guardians, social workers, GP’s, clinical psychologists, teachers, learning mentors, fostering & adoption charities and other agencies. Please see our Referral Page for more information.
- I have a data protection policy which can be seen on request. Data is kept securely and anonymised with a client code. Client session information is always confidential.
Basic information such as what tools were used in a session are recorded on Play Therapy UK’s secure database, Fortuna. This is used to inform research into Play Therapy and Creative Counselling. No client can be identified from it.
- For younger children explain that therapy is a safe place where they can play with or talk to a new friend to explore and learn about their big feelings. A therapist will help them to look at times when they have felt sad or angry, but also things that they like to do and are good at doing, as well as times when they feel happy or playful.
- For older children, start the conversation by asking them what they know about therapy already and what their expectations may be. Explain that the therapist’s job is to find out about them, to help them to figure out what they want and how to get there. As well as exploring and learning about their big feelings in a safe place.
- During our initial session, I will also explain my role to the child or young person as well as initiating “Getting to Know Each other’ activities or games. I am extremely open to letting children know me and am happy for my clients to ask questions they may have about me during this stage.
- I am a child-centred therapist. I usually start my work non-directively giving myself and the child or young person a chance to get to know each other. I will also use this stage to find out what mediums they like to use as well as what they would like to explore in their sessions. Once I can see a clear theme of what the child is wanting to explore and I feel that we have created a trusting, working relationship I will begin to be more directive in our sessions. Although my sessions may become more directive I will still work at the child’s pace and switch back to being non-directive when if it seems to be more beneficial to the child and their session.
- Clients are provided with a box or folder to contain their work during their therapy which will be held by the therapist until the work has come to an end.
- Clients will have a choice in bringing this box or folder home with them, please could parents be mindful of this and allow their children to show them their work; if they want too; at their own pace.