Family Support and Interventions

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Using what works best on an individual basis ......

Gela has been working with children and families for over 28 years. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is on their voluntary register (number 139259). She holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (including Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis, and Gestalt). She has completed further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at Diploma level.

Gela has worked within the education, social care and charitable sectors, including as a Local Authority foster carer. She has personal and professional experience of the effects of developmental trauma and attachment challenges in children and young people. She has witnessed first-hand the benefits of working, and parenting, therapeutically and the difference this can make to a family - including her own!


Gela uses an integrative approach to therapy, taking the most appropriate and helpful aspects of several therapeutic models to combine them make her approach relevant to each individual child, client or family.


Gela has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced neglect and trauma. Her approach includes parents, foster carers and adopters as integral partners in interventions and she positively supports them in implementing a range of approaches both in joint sessions and in their home. She is experienced in supporting children and families with complex needs, including challenging behaviour, and can offer crisis support and home visits as well as seeing families in a purpose-built counselling room in her own home. She has limited appointments at weekends and in the evening.


It is not uncommon for parents or carers to suffer from secondary trauma when supporting children with challenging behaviour and complex needs and Gela will sensitively support parents in meeting their own needs as well as their child's so that blocks to care can be resolved and everyone can move forward positively together.

Introducing Gela .....

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Gela is a certified Intermediate Theraplay Practitioner and uses Theraplay-informed practice in her work with children and families, including assessments using the Marshak Interaction Method (MIM).


"Theraplay is an engaging, playful, relationship-focused treatment method that is interactive, physical, and fun. Its principles are based on attachment theory and its model is the healthy, attuned interaction between parents and their children: the kind of interaction that leads to secure attachment and lifelong mental health."

Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play by Booth, P. and Jernberg, A., 2009


Theraplay is a registered service mark of The Theraplay Institute, 1840 Oak Ave., Suite 320

Evanston, IL 60201

Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP)

Many children have experienced loss and/or trauma early in their lives. This may have affected their ability to develop positive, close and secure relationships with parents/carers. They may have developed a number of strategies to help them to survive these difficult times. These strategies can continue to be used by the child even when they are in a safe and loving family.


DDP is a way of working with, and parenting, children that uses what we know about attachment and trauma to help children and families with their relationships.


Gela uses DDP-informed practice when working with families.


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