Charlotte Clements -  Psychotherapist in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5NF
My work is Integrative, which means I am trained to use different techniques such as, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Art Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy amongst others. 

I am also Person-Centred, meaning I see us as equals and highly value the thoughts, feelings and experiences your child may bring to the therapeutic process. 

I'm not here to try and 'fix' your child but to create a space for them to explore their view of the world and express themselves.

I offer a wide range of art and play materials including  paints, clay, puppets, play figures, masks and sand.

Children may use their time in any way they like, as long as the space remains safe. I will follow their lead and communicate with them via the media they have chosen, whatever it may be, including talking, playing or silence.

If they seem stuck, I may suggest specific techniques. For example if a child has difficulty expressing anger safely, we could use strategies to identify what triggers their anger, how it makes them feel physically, where it may have originated from and how to cope with it more safely in the future. 

 In the case of bereavement or loss we could make a memory box or jar for the person who has died, if that feels appropriate and is something the child would like to do. 

It is often easier for children to express their internal thoughts and dramas through drawing and playing rather than sitting and talking and these sessions give them the opportunity to do just that. Once feelings have been expressed verbally or non-verbally they can be talked about more openly, acknowledged, contained and hopefully moved on from.

Each child is given their own box to store art work in or use in any way they would like.They take the box home with them on their last session.

"A child can live through anything provided they are told the truth and allowed to share the natural feelings people have when suffering." Eda LeShan

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