Petro-Nellise Solle – Play Therapist – ages three upwards
Children’s first language is Play. It is through Play that they learn and make meaning of life experiences and of growing up. However, when children experience traumatic life events, or face developmental challenges, Play Therapy can provide a therapeutic context in which to process their challenges. This happens at the child’s pace, where the child takes the lead.
Evidence suggests that Play Therapy is indicated for a range of developmental challenges and transitions as well as traumatic life events such as abuse, illness, death or dying, a change in the family set-up through parents’ divorce, birth of a sibling, acquiring a stepfamily or through fostering or adoption.
I believe that behaviour is a message, not a symptom. A child will often play and re-play that message until the significant adult ‘gets it’. Being respectfully curious about the message enables me, the Play Therapist, to ‘hear’ the story that unfolds within the therapeutic relationship.
I hold an MA in Play Therapy, and as a member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) I adhere to their Ethical Code of Conduct. Regular supervision informs my practice. My previous training and career in theatre and film, with their focus on subtext, body language and visual storytelling, is often useful when working with both children and adults.
Parents and carers are given regular feedback about how the therapy is progressing. If you are reading this as a parent who wants to build and enhance the relationship with your child, stepchild, adopted child or foster child, you might want to consider Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). This is a 10-week programme where you will learn skills and techniques such as ‘therapeutic limit-setting’, ‘tracking’ and ‘reflective listening’. I offer this in a small group format where parents and carers have found it useful to be in the company of others who are also facing challenges in their relationship with their child.
First consultation is free. I charge £42 per session for Play Therapy at my studio, whilst sessions held elsewhere are negotiable. Group CPRT sessions are charged at £30-£50 per person, depending on the size of the group.
I am based in Chalford, on the bus route, a few miles outside Stroud.
blueboxandtail, Victoria Works Studios, Chalford, GL6 8HN
T: (01453) 872346 M: (07904) 009909 E: email@example.com W: blueboxandtail.co.uk