I work with children by using other strategies alongside 'talking therapy'. Much of this is through play. I only see children in year 5 and 6 via video link. I ask that they have paper and pens and welcome other materials such as Play-Doh, dolls etc if they wish to use it. Sometimes I use books and story telling. I am currently only working online although I hope to return to face to face soon, once my garden office is back in action.
It is important that the child learns to trust me and so I do not discuss with parents exactly what the session contains. I explain to the child that what happens in the session is private, but not secret. They are free to talk to whomever they want about the contents of the session. However I will only talk about the contents of the session with the child's permission. There may be times when it would be harmful to the child for me to withold information, in which case I would disclose this information to a parent, after explaining to the child first.
With children under the age of 13, I am happy to have regular short catch up times with parents, with or without the child present. Once the child is in secondary school I will discuss with them first what they are happy for me to share with you.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate