Play therapy from The Estuary CentreThe Estuary Centre provides individual therapeutic programmes, group work and family interventions.

We utilise a structured approach that draws on several theoretical models and uses a variety of techniques and practical methods including cognitive/behavioural, psychotherapeutic, systemic and play-based interventions.

Individualised work programmes include:

  • Custom designed individual programmes
  • Group work based on small groups
  • Family work
  • Play therapy
  • Regular reviews including written reports
  • Re-assessment
  • Individual follow-up and maintenance
  • Support for carer and clinical supervision
  • Integrative treatment approaches

Intervention focuses on primary concerns identified within initial assessment and integrates other treatment needs, so that the child is not referred to other services unless specific additional treatments are required. A range of methods is tailored to address each child’s problem formulation and treatment needs.

The Estuary Centre Team provides various treatments associated with positive outcomes when treating young people that have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour, suffered significant trauma or are perceived to be at significant risk of exploitation.

These treatments include:

  • Attachment informed interventions (incl. The Secure Base Model)
  • Psychotherapeutic interventions
  • Play based therapy
  • Systemic approaches
  • Cognitive/behavioural interventions
  • Person-centred approaches
  • Mentalisation
  • Mindfulness
  • Forensic interventions for SHB

To ensure consistency of treatment focus across all contexts of the young person’s life The Estuary Centre utilises an integrative treatment approach within which regular meetings gather information regarding the young person from key members of the family, education and their social network and agree on treatment targets, which are regularly reviewed.

Individualised work programmes may include:

  • Weekly therapeutic sessions
  • Psychometric testing and reports
  • Comprehensive assessment report and regular progress review reports
  • Attendance at professionals meetings
  • Meetings / liaison with external providers; e.g. school, college, other organisations involved with the young person
  • An integrative treatment model

Duration of treatment is recommended within the initial assessment process and is agreed with the referrer and regularly reviewed.