Northumberland Play & Filial Therapy Service offers both onsite and mobile Play Therapy appointments. For those children not coming to our base, generally there would be an attempt to arrange these appointments in a location that would be least disruptive to the child's day. It can be a challenging for children to travel to and from therapy appointments; it can cause unnecessary stress. Appointments could take place in a children's centre or other community building. Adult appointments will be arranged within a location that would be identified in negotiation with them.
Consistency is key in the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship and a safe, containing therapeutic space where the person can explore their difficulties. There will be practical agreements made to support this:
- The appointments will be made in advance, for the same time and day of the week for each appointment
- The same room and same play materials will be made to the person for each appointment
- The same Play Therapist will deliver the therapy
- Where possible, for child clients, the same person will escort the child to and from the therapy session.
Number of sessions
The number of Play Therapy sessions that will be offered will have been identified in the Initial Assessment.
Generally, the specific details of the therapy sessions will remain confidential to the person. Parents and professionals will not be given week by week feedback and it is important that the person is not pressured into talking about what they have been doing in the sessions. This promotes the person's feelings of trust with the Play Therapist and the safety of the therapy space.
There is one clear reason why specific details would be disclosed to other parties immediately - where there is a concern about a risk to the person or others. This exception will be made clear to the all clients, relevant family members and any relevant professional before Play Therapy commences.
The other occasion when information will be shared is during pre-agreed review meetings and any formal reports. On these occasions the general themes and progress of therapy will be discussed. Again, everyone will know about this beforehand, including the client.