Child in Mind Ltd
The years following adoption can be difficult, for both parents and children. The impact of early life experiences on adopted children can mean that their 'behaviour' is often confusing to their new loving parents. Stories of verbal and physical aggression, and emotional dysregulation are not uncommon amongst adoptive families. Does this sound familiar? Did you know that therapeutic support is available to you and your child, via the government funded Adoption Support Fund.
'The beliefs and behaviours of these children developed to survive in families where being calm and secure would have been foolhardy.
Amid violence and aggression it makes sense to be hypervigilant and reactive, not trusting and relaxed'
Child in Mind works closely with Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities to provide therapeutic assessments and adoption support to adoptive parents and special guardians.
Play therapy is a well recognised approach specifically suited to children with a developmental age of 3-12 yrs. Person-centred play therapy enables children to communicate through their natural medium of expression - play! Through play the child is able to identify, work through, and resolve emotional conflicts that are too painful or too difficult to express verbally, or that may in fact be outside conscious awareness.
Filial therapists are qualified play therapists who have undergone further intensive training to work with this approach. Filial therapy is a blend of play therapy and family therapy that strengthens families and enhances the parent-child relationship. The Filial therapist works in close partnership with parents in a carefully supervised way to equip them with the basic skills of person-centred play therapy. This is a highly effective approach.
Creative Arts Therapy
Creative Arts Therapy
This is an ideal therapy for adolescents as they become more able to engage in the verbal processing of emotions and bodily expressions. This therapy provides a vehicle for the outward expression of internal distress. The therapist works with the client to facilitate an exploration of what is being expressed. This therapy is ideal for adults and adolescents wanting to explore their own process in a creative way.
Therapeutic parenting can best be thought of as a 'way of being' that is a real must for parents/carers of children impacted by developmental trauma. Children, for whom early life was a series of cruel events, had to learn adaptive strategies in order to survive. Their new adoptive/foster families often need support to discover within themselves a way of being that is most helpful to the wounded child.
Counselling provides adults and young people with a regular, confidential space to talk through any problems or worries they are experiencing. It can be a useful space to clarify thinking and explore emotions linked to both past and present issues. Counselling can often lead to a deeper understanding of the difficulties being experienced, a greater self-awareness and an overall increase in emotional wellbeing.
Complex trauma occurs when children are subject to ongoing conditions that leave them believing their life is threatened and they have no sense of protection from the caregiver. The impact of childhood trauma can be far-reaching, as every area of life can be impacted. We work with individuals of any age in a trauma-focused way to try to unlock the chains that keep them bound to the past.
If you are concerned about a child or young person and would like to talk to us about the services we offer please do get in touch,
either by completing the referral form above or by emailing Katy.
At Child in Mind we keep children at the heart of our decision making. We believe no child should have to wait for therapeutic support, if we cannot provide a service we will always try to recommend other agencies who may be able to help.