Petro-Nelise Sollé – Play Therapist (CCPT) and CPR Therapy
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. Being respectfully curious about the message enables me, the Play Therapist, to facilitate the story that unfolds within the therapeutic relationship.
I hold an MA in Play Therapy (Roehampton) and as a member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) I adhere to their Ethical Code of Conduct (www.bapt.info). Regular supervision informs my practice. I have also trained in Attachment Theory and Animal-assisted Play Therapy.
The first consultation is free. Play Therapy at my studio is £45 per session and I work in blocks of 12 – 16 sessions. Sessions held elsewhere (e.g. schools) start at £50 per session.
Sessions need to be consistent and will always be on the same day each week. Sessions are weekly during term time, with sessions during holidays by prior arrangement. Parents and carers are given feedback about how the therapy is progressing during scheduled review meetings, usually at 4 -6 week intervals. The ending is an important part of the process and needs to be prepared for. This usually takes the form of a discussion with the parent/guardian; I have found that four weeks to count down to the last session usually gives enough time to process feelings around endings, separation and loss.
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), a 10-week programme where you will attend weekly for 2.5 hours with other parents in a small group (max 8 people) to learn skills and techniques such as therapeutic limit-setting, tracking and reflective listening. Parents build up to have short weekly play sessions at home which are recorded and they then receive feedback from the group in a trusting, non-judgmental atmosphere.
I am based in Chalford, on the bus route, a few miles outside Stroud, where I have an office and a well-stocked playroom behind a set of beautiful wooden doors. Victoria Works are full of makers and artists and makes for a relaxed, permissive atmosphere. My therapy dog, Taylor works with me, and children can choose whether she comes into the playroom or whether she stays on her mat in the office.
I look forward to hearing from you.
blueboxandtail, Victoria Works Studios, Chalford, GL6 8HN
T: (01453) 872346 M: (07904) 009909 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: blueboxandtail.co.uk