Zalihe Mustafa-Savage MA, BA, Dip SW, PCT & Cert TT.
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I work with children or young people 1:1 and with the parent - child dyad. I also have experience of working with adolescents and teenagers. I am an accredited Play Therapist and Parent -Child Therapist. I am also a BAPT approved Supervisor.
As a practitioner, I always bring respect and curiosity to the work. I am non-judgemental and think with families about their situations and their origins. I understand how deeply people are wounded by their experiences, and how this may be transferred generationally. Helping families to understand and move from a place of helplessness to more hopeful beginnings is a journey made together. I work ethically, recognising that situations and timings must be right to begin the work.
I believe the best results happen when there is relational depth. This is how change comes about. Along with Roger’s Core Conditions – Acceptance (valuing people for who they are and what they bring), Empathy (understanding thoughts and feelings as they are experienced by the client), Congruence (being genuine), and providing Unconditional Positive Regard – an acceptance and support of a person. Working alongside them so they feel held and emotionally safe.
I have 20 years experience of working with children and their families. Nearly half of this time has been spent working with Children in Care & Children In Need. Families who have experienced relational difficulties, where fractures have occurred, and repair work is needed.
I have been involved in assessing children’s emotional needs and considering their attachment towards their care providers as a Child Assessor for Court in my clinical capacity.
I have worked in a range of settings, including GP surgeries, Schools, Children's Centre’s and at Refuges. I currently work in a CAMHS setting, providing consultations to Early Help Teams. I offer a therapeutic space for younger children, teenagers and their families/carers.
I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance, and I also have regular supervision. As mentioned, I am a registered member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and adhere to their Code of Ethics for good practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Play Therapy, 2009, from Roehampton University
Diploma in Parent-Child Therapy, 2011, from Institute For Arts in Therapy & Education
Certificate in Teenage Counselling, 2016, from Institute For Arts in Therapy & Education
- Trauma and the Body 2019.
- A Day with Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk- 2016.
- Understanding Undiagnosed Illness 2018.
- Non Violent Resistance training (NVR) 2018.
- Understanding of Mental Health - Suicide Issues in Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot Communities, 2017.
I adopt an integrative approach to my work, bringing a psychodynamic focus, and think systemically. My approach is person centred, working directively and non directively with young people. I use an integrative approach in my family work, which may incorporate aspects of the Parent Child Game, Dyadic Developmental Practice, Video Interactive Guidance and Filial therapy.
Code of Ethics
British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
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I see children on a Thursday and Friday. I have after school spaces on these days. I also see children/families (when spaces are available) on a Saturday.
Sessions are charged at £50, however concessions may be given on particular days and times.
I see children in the EN3 area. When first meeting, we discuss the referral, and see if my approach and what I can offer fits with your hopes for the work.
I then meet with you a further one or two times where I gather more in-depth information.
If the work is with your child, I must always get their assent before starting. This would form a part of the assessment process.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are held on a weekly basis. Parents are expected to wait in a separate waiting area for the work to finish.
I have previously worked with Fostering Agencies, Social Care and with Schools. Inquiries are welcome from these agencies.
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|