Diana Samuels , BSocSci, CQSW, PGDip(Play Therapy), MA,UKCP, Clinical Supervisor
A child’s means of communicating varies considerably to that of an adult, and this is no less true when it comes to counselling and therapy as to any other aspect of a young person’s life.
As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, with a background in play therapy, when I meet with a child or teenager to offer therapy I do not solely rely on words for communication. I am qualified in and able to offer traditional talking therapy if appropriate but understand that a child’s natural form of communication does not rely on talking. Communicating through play may be more effective in accessing a child’s emotional world. Even teenagers, moving away from childhood play, can find the use of creative mediums therapeutically incredibly valuable.
Through playing and talking together in sessions, we explore the young person’s emotional world, to help give clarity and make meaning.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and a post-graduate diploma in Play Therapy. I am a full member of UKCP, the UKs leading professional body for psychotherapists, within which I am registered with the College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. Additionally I hold a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, and have considerable experience in working with parents to offer advice and support.
As well as my private practice, I have extensive experience of working for the local authority and the voluntary sector.
Additionally I hold a post graduate diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision and am a group facilitator for a UKCP accredited MA course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular experience in working with:
- Attachment disorders
- Low self esteem
- Behavioural problems
- Family separation & divorce
- Domestic violence
- Self harm
- Fostering and adoption
- Young carers
- Peer and relationship difficulties
How I work
During an initial assessment appointment, (which normally lasts between 1-1.5 hours) we will discuss the most helpful way forward. I am able to offer 1:1 child therapy sessions, sessions with parents and children together or, if appropriate, sessions with a parent or parents alone.
Going forward, I offer sessions of 50 minutes duration at the same time and place weekly. At the initial assessment, we can begin to think about the duration of the intervention. I have experience of working in both time-limited and longer term interventions.
Feedback to Parents/Carers
In order to develop trust, it is important to offer young people confidentiality, so I do not give detailed feedback following sessions. However, when I first meet with parents we will arrange times to discuss how the intervention is progressing. When we review the sessions I will give general feedback about themes that have arisen.
As I will explain to the child at our first session, if I am concerned about his or her, or anyone else’s safety or welfare I have a duty to report this to appropriate safeguarding authorities. I would always discuss this with the young person before passing on any information.
Contact with Schools and Other Agencies.
It can be really helpful to talk to schools or other involved agencies about my sessions, to ensure that we are all working together to do the very best for the young person. We can discuss this further when we first meet.