PROFILE - REBECCA CAMPBELL
Rebecca is a registered Psychologist and play therapist and has worked in counselling and other therapeutic modalities since 2010. Most of her work involves individual one-to-one counselling, however is trained and experienced in group work including parent-adolescent counselling, family groups and couples counselling.
Rebecca has specialised training in working with children, young people and adults impacted by complex trauma, particularly from life events such as ongoing violence and sexual abuse. Rebecca is also a trained Play Therapist, having worked and trained in the specific area of Child Centred Play Therapy.
Rebecca assists clients with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, anger management and relationship counselling for children, adolescence and adults.
Rebecca provides counselling from a humanistic client-centered approach, working to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to talk about issues and become more aware of their emotional, thinking and behavioural patterns in order for change to occur. Rebecca assesses the needs of clients and will offer either short term or long term work depending on client’s needs.
What is play therapy?
Children use play as a natural form of communication and a child’s opportunities to play are important for their everyday life and overall development. Play therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is seen as an opportunity for a child to ‘play out’ their difficulties rather than to talk about them, like an adult would do.
Play Therapy builds on the child’s inner resources and strengths, which are supported by the therapeutic relationship to bring about growth, development and healing in the child. As the child in Play Therapy is helped to cope with and work through difficult feelings, memories and experiences, he/she develops ways of dealing with them more effectively within the playroom and generally transfers these newly developed skills to his/her everyday life.
Child Centered Play therapy (CCPT) is a specific modality of play therapy, whereby the therapeutic focus is the relationship between the child and therapist that is based on genuine acceptance, trust, emotional safety and respect for the child’s innate ability to work through their difficulties.
The role of the therapist in CCPT is one of genuine interest, understanding and appreciation for the child and the processes that the child engages in while gently supporting the child through their difficulties.
CCPT is most appropriate for children aged 2-10 years old.
Research has found that Play Therapy is effective for a variety of children’s difficulties including…
• Adjusting to family changes
• Previous abuse and neglect
• Social adjustment issues
• Separation anxiety
• Bonding and attachment
• Grief and loss
• Prenatal and birth trauma
• Sleeping and eating difficulty
• Behavioural difficulties