Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment (C.A.T.T)
CATT is a child centred treatment for the symptoms of post traumatic stress which utilises play/ art therapy techniques with evidence based trauma theory and children’s rights principles to suit children and young people of all ages and to assist them in the recovery of PTSD symptoms, flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety.
Art Psychotherapy is the the use of art media to express and communicate thoughts, feelings and experiences that an individual is not always able to verbally express. I found this approach particularly effective working with children who may not have the language to express their emotions, thoughts or experience.
Sand Tray Therapy:
Sand tray therapy is an expressive therapy approach where a child is able to create a microcosm of their world using miniature toys, figurines, buildings and sand within a safe environment.
I have found that it complements other therapeutic practices aiding in non-verbal expression and communication.
I provide very little direction, allowing the child to freely play and develop their own expression of a situation or experience. Through this process of independent play a powerful outlet is developed providing an incredibly insightful window to the child’s experience.
Narrative Therapy is a process where an individual is able to separate their problems using the skill sets that they have. By re-telling the story the individual is able to transform an experience into personal stories that give meaning and help develop and shape a person’s identity. A person is viewed as being separate from their problems and with support they are able to externalise a sensitive issue.