Samantha Bosworth - Therapeutic Services For Attachment And Trauma
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I work with adults and children with attachment and trauma. I also specialise in working with looked after/adopted children and their families.
- DDP (dyadic developmental psychotherapy).
- Therapeutic Supervision.
- Therapeutic Parenting.
- Consultation (e.g. social care, schools, residential homes).
- Training and Workshops.
Attachment and Trauma:
Underpinning my practice is attachment and trauma. The therapeutic services I provide aim to repair attachments often halted by abuse or neglect and support clients to process and make sense of the trauma they have experienced; learning to trust.
I work a lot with pre-verbal trauma and how trauma is held in the body (and brain) for example as implicit memories (without words). An integrated approach allows clients to process what would otherwise be to painful or difficult to explore by talking therapies. Of course our work can involve talking too.
Dramatherapy is not about acting or becoming a play write. Children learn through play and dramatherapy can help to return to gaps in their natural development. Creative approaches such as story making, using objects, and metaphor can be a helpful way to work with what is challenging for you in the here and now and access the unconscious things we may be finding hard. For both adults and children dramatherapy provides a safe container for big emotions and feelings that may overwhelming. Working with the body is important in processing and understanding trauma; connecting it with our mind.
Therapy is at the client's pace and working creatively is always an invitation you can say no to.
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Parenting and Psychotherapy.
DDP is used to support the attachment to carers and parents so that there is a secure base for children and young people to process their experiences. This can be done in therapy with the parent and the child. Other essential parts of the DDP work may include parent work. This can be with parents, carers or staff (anyone working with the child), where we may look at our own attachment and what is challenging about parenting. Part of this work may be therapeutic parenting, using Dan Huges' PACE model, Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. PACE acts as a social buffer to keep the child's upstairs brain engaged (keeping them regulated). Through the PACEful relationship with me as the therapist parents/carers/staff can be supported to support the child.
Consultation and collaboration is useful to bring together those working and/or caring for a child/family. It allows space to think therapeutically and be curious about has happened and what is happening; connecting the past to the present. Importantly it supports the network to think systemically, and be collaborative and consistent in their approach. Healing through relationships.
For those working with looked after and adopted children, or with children who have experienced trauma, therapeutic supervision can be helpful to reduce burnout and secondary trauma. It is not personal therapy or training but a space that allows you to slow down and be curious about the child and your work together.
Training and Workshops:
I currently provide training and workshops for those working with or caring for children with attachment difficulties and trauma. Please email me if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training, qualifications & experience
HCPC registered Dramatherapist
MA in Dramatherapy
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting (DDP) Level 1
Since qualifying in 2016 I have dedicated my practice to looked after and adopted children and children who have experienced trauma. As well as my private practice I currently work for a specialist attachment and trauma service in the NHS; providing a systemic and integrated approach to my work. Clients that I have been privileged enough to work with are survivors of neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, death, loss and exploitation, which has continued to have a profound impact on their lives. It is beautiful seeing the lasting therapeutic change (no matter how small).
My own parents have also fostered for almost 20 years, which I feel helps me to understand the challenges that substitute families face and the every day adversity they can experience. I have also worked as therapeutic lead for residential childrens' homes, and as a therapist in the voluntary sector. Along with other public sector roles and community projects I have been part of. All this continues to keep me grounded in an holistic understanding of a child and those who support them.
I am dedicated to my CPD and pride myself on reflective practice. Some of my recent CPD includes:
- 'Back to the toys' - Attachment Based Play
- Dramatherapy and Neuroscience
- Transactional Analysis (TA 101)
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Children and Domestic Abuse
- Safeguarding Children
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees can vary depending on the service needed. All work starts with an assessment, which will guide us in what work would be most helpful.
Please contact me to discuss a referral:
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Types of client