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Lauren Shaw - Play Therapist (Associate Consultant)
I am a Play Therapist and a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists. I qualified in 2017 from the University of Roehampton and since that time I have been working with children from a variety of backgrounds, in particular those who have experienced domestic and sexual violence and neglect. I believe wholeheartedly in the non-directive Play Therapy approach. I believe that when children are given the opportunity to express themselves freely they often find solutions and resolve difficult life experiences themselves, using the play materials and their therapist as tools in this discovery.
I also believe that therapeutic work does not exist in isolation and that work with parents/carers is vital to successful therapeutic outcomes. For this reason, I completed my Filial Therapy training in 2017.
Prior to qualifying as a Play Therapist I worked in a mental healthcare facility where I predominantly worked within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In my role I supported adolescents who had challenging mental health needs to increase their emotional and physical wellbeing.