CHILD THERAPY NI- In Belfast Mondays Derry wed, thurs, friday

CHILD THERAPY NI- In Belfast Mondays Derry wed, thurs, friday

Derry ~ Londonderry
Co. Derry
BT48

Belfast
BT9

(0044) 7701 037745

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Derry ~ Londonderry
Co. Derry
BT48

Belfast
BT9

(0044) 7701 037745

About us

Child Therapy N.I. is an innovative Child Counselling and Child Psychotherapy Centre in a prime location in Derry~Londonderry.

(This therapeutic centre also facilitates an Adult Counselling room with facilities, which can also be hired by counsellors at £7.50 p/h and £40 PER DAY)

The Child Therapist, Ciara Mc Elhinney, specialises in dealing with children and young people, aged between 4 and 25 years- working on an individual basis with the young person, with the parent(s) and child or in group sessions.
Ciara has 14 years experience working with children and young people in therapy and can also offer the service to be bought into organisations.

The Benefits of Child Counselling and Therapy

Through the therapy process, children can change their personal view of events in the world and begin to develop and improve their emotional and social interactions.

Child Therapy NI will benefit children and adolescents with:-

  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Excessive anger, worry, sadness, or fear
  • Behaviour which is immature for the child’s age
  • Continued school associated problems
  • Behaviours which interfere with making and keeping friends.
  • Problems eating, or sleeping
  • Difficulty adjusting to family changes
  • Abuse
  • Excessive shyness, withdrawn or low social skills.
  • Attached Depression etc.

A benefit of therapy is that children can create therapeutic play at their own developmental level. The relationship with the therapist also allows children a sense of security when recreating emotionally stressful experiences. Children like to play. They are often unable to understand and talk about their feelings the way adults do so this makes adult therapies inappropriate. Play becomes therapeutic to children, as it gives expression to their experiences and emotions.


Sand-play

Sand-play is “hands on” psychological work, and is an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing.

In a “free and protected” space provided by a trained sand play therapist, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand, water, and miniature objects. In this way Sand-play helps honour and illuminate the client’s internal symbolic world, providing a place for its expression within a safe container.

With sufficient time and understanding, a sand play experience can lead the client into layers of experiences that are pre-verbal and long-forgotten to the conscious mind. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the tray in a safe environment, the client moves toward a sense of balance and wholeness.
(Harriet Friedman and Rie Rogers Mitchell).


What happens in
Child Therapy?

During the initial intake session, I meet with the primary carers and sometimes child to gain a thorough understanding and history of the family and the child. I evaluate the areas of concern, needs and goals, so that I can determine treatment. After listening to the family history, the child’s developmental history, current behaviours and symptoms, I then suggest the treatment, therapeutic approaches and techniques that will be used to help the child. A treatment plan will be discussed at this time and specific recommendations will be made regarding therapeutic interventions, home-based interventions for parents to work on and any further evaluation or referrals which may be needed.


What can I expect in a therapy session?

For children, sessions will consist of various forms of Play, Sand Therapy and Integrative Psychotherapy, including but not limited to:-

  • Art as a therapy-the use of drawing, painting and other forms of creative expression
  • Narrative therapy-storytelling to elicit themes and emotions
  • Toys, including puppets, figurines, doll's house, etc.
  • Role plays, wood work
  • Modelling with clay and play doh
  • Music as a Therapy

Children and adolescents are often unable to use words to express themselves or to communicate emotions. They respond extremely well to being able to express themselves creatively in a safe and child-friendly setting, while learning appropriate ways to manage and communicate feelings.

Training, qualifications & experience

University

Course Title

Qualification

Date

Result

AWAKEN SCHOOL

13 South Parade
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL7 8SE

THE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN CHILD &
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY [CAP]

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE in CAP

JUNE 2013

PASS

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

POST GRADUATE DIP EDUCATION
[Therapeutic Approaches]

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA

JULY 2007

PASS

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

B.SC. PSYCHOLOGY HONOURS

HONS. DEGREE

JUNE 2004

2.2


Membership of professional

bodies AND QUALIFICATIONS

Professional Body

Qualification

Result

Date

NATIONAL COUNSELLING SOCIETY [NCS]

ACCREDITED CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Accredited member MNCS {ACC}

AUGUST 2013-2015

IRISH ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH {IAIMH} Member

TRAUMA IN THE EARLY YEARS

PASS CERTIFICATE

Member of IAIMH

APRIL 2013

HURT

16 Hours NLP SKILLS

CERTIFICATE

MARCH 2010

HURT

ADDICTIONS COURSE Part Time for One Year INCLUDING NLP

CERTIFICATE IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS PROGRAMME

MARCH 2010

CHATS [Community Health And Training Services]

ART THERAPY COURSE- One Year

PASS

November 2007

AWAKEN SCHOOL

CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY. This Award required the fulfilment of set criteria over 5 years

CERTIFICATE IN CAP

2007-2013

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES:

  • Managing Anger Programme

  • Working with Children Certificate

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming [NLP] skills and Life Coaching Course

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programme

  • Certificate in Food Hygiene

  • Manual Handling Course

  • Certificate of Merit – Top Grade in Child Development

  • Challenging Vulnerable Behaviour Course

  • Trauma in the Early Years, Using Infant Mental Health Framework

  • Child development
  • Personal qualities element {PQE}

AS A CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPIST I :

  • Have 14 years in the field in various organisations, Specializing in work with 4-18 Year Olds

  • Am on the Voluntary Government Register

  • Successfully completed CPD Courses

  • Have Public Indemnity Insurance

  • Am a Member of the Irish Association Infant Mental Health [IAIMH]

  • Am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society [NCS]

  • Possess an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate:- Access Northern Ireland

  • Have Clinical Supervision on a ratio of 1:6, once a week on a 1:1 basis.

  • Have a Full, clean driving licence and own transport.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

NCS

Accredited register membership

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

I work with the Person- Not the Behaviour!

Photos & videos

  • 2016
  • sand play therapy picture
  • front of building
  • rent a room
  • therapy room
  • poster
  • local woman

Fees

Consultation and Assessment- £45

Individual Psychotherapy per sessions £45, with recommendation of six sessions minimum

Groups £30 per person or £120 per group {Sand play Therapy}

Family therapy {Attachment and bonding and better relationships} £65

Further information

Do not hesitate to contact me on:-

ciaramac1@hotmail.com

Maps & Directions

Derry ~ Londonderry, BT48
Belfast, BT9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: I also work non verbally and in silence

Availability

Office hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 am - 9 pm. I will make every effort to accommodate people with busy schedules.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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