One Tree, Many Branches: The Practice of Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Editor : Bozena Merrick, Editor : Di Gammage

One Tree, Many Branches: The Practice of Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 348
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 97144
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132207
  • ISBN 10 : 1800132204
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The book includes contributions from Audrey Adeyemi, Tasha Bailey, Kelly Brackett, Jamie Butterworth, Alix Hearn, Evania Inward, Irene Mburu, Sasha Morphitis, Magda Raczynska, Nadja Rolli, Zisi Schleider, and Anna Tuttle.

One Tree, Many Branches: The Practice of Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the pioneering child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling training organisation Terapia and the achievements of its trainees , tutors, and staff, who provide highly specialised counselling, psychotherapy, and bespoke mental health services for young people, children, parents, and families. Terapia works with individuals, organisations, schools, and the statutory and non-statutory sector and is a strong voice for child psychotherapy as a distinct and specialist profession. Therapeutic work with children requires a different set of skills and knowledge to that of adult psychotherapists. For example, much of the work is non-verbal and uses play and metaphor alongside talking. It also requires involvement with the system around the child, such as parents, families, and professionals, and the management of conflicting agendas and politics to act on behalf of the child.

Subjects discussed within its pages include ecopsychotherapy, autism, the lack of male psychotherapists, working with refugees, racial trauma, female genital mutilation, working in closed communities, and foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The book is essential reading for all who work with children and opens up exciting and pioneering new approaches for meeting the multifarious needs of our children and adolescents today.

Reviews and Endorsements

This most welcome book addresses a significant gap in the literature regarding the practice of integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy. It sensitively tackles a multitude of important topics, bringing the client’s experiences, and the reparative relationships formed with the therapist, to life in a warm and inspirational way. This is a beautiful text, a must-read for all humanistic and integrative child and adolescent psychotherapists.
Eileen Prendiville, psychotherapist, play therapist, and author; Director, Academic Affairs, Children’s Therapy Centre, Ireland

This excellent book demonstrates how integrative child psychotherapy has more than come of age. Brave, moving, clinically and intellectually rigorous, its chapters interrogate and illuminate essential contemporary therapeutic subjects, from neurodiversity to race to the body to displacement to systems and so much more. This is a marvellous and rich resource for experienced and newer therapists and anyone working with children.
Graham Music, consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre, London, and author of Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Growth Using Attachment Theory, Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology

This important book expands both theory and practice for integrative child and adolescent psychotherapists in a rigorous and approachable way. Timely, pertinent, and moving, this book is beautifully written and edited. I highly recommend this powerful and sensitive collection of essays; there is something useful here for all trainees, therapists, lecturers, and supervisors.
Ellie Baker, integrative child psychotherapist, director of The Therapeutic Arts Diploma, and co-director of the Teenage Therapeutic Counselling Diploma at Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London

Table of Contents

About the editors and contributors

Introduction: Seeds sown
Bozena Merrick and Di Gammage

Part I: Therapeutic holding
1. Ecopsychotherapy with children and young people in mind: attachment to place, nature, and landscape
Alix Hearn

2. Airy creatures: using somatic countertransference to ground autistic states in child psychotherapy
Magda Raczynska

3. The absent other: reflections on the absence of male, integrative child and adolescent psychotherapists
Jamie Butterworth

Part II: Race and cultural identity
4. Meet them where they are: integrative psychotherapy with refugee children and young people
Evania Inward

5. Unveiling racial trauma in the practice of the integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist
Audrey Adeyemi

6. Understanding the trauma and implications of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through child psychotherapy
Irene Mburu

7. Working with children and young people in the Orthodox Jewish Community
Zisi Schleider

8. Go well: Exploring themes of grief and loss in therapy with children and young people
Tasha Bailey

Part III: Neurodivergence and differently wired brains
9. Working therapeutically with uniquely wired children
Sasha Morphitis

10. Is it too late? The contribution of the integrative child psychotherapist to those affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Anna Tuttle

Part IV: Systemic issues and working within systems
11. An ongoing conversation…What (really) works in therapeutic residential care
Kelly Brackett

12. Working through play on the mentalizing capacity of controlling-caregiving children who suffered early relational trauma
Nadja Rolli


About the Editor(s)

Bozena Merrick, MSc, UKCP, CPC, is the Founder of Terapia, Training in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. She is also the visionary behind Terapia Centre for Young People and Children and the Bothy restoration project. Bozena has over 35 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and groups as a psychotherapist, counsellor, clinical supervisor, trainer, lecturer and group facilitator. She gained her MSc in Clinical Psychology abroad and has a background in psychiatric settings and social work. Bozena is the Founder of Child Psychotherapy Council (CPC) and has over 20 year experience in Child Psychotherapy regulation through her work for United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Di Gammage, MA, UKCP, trained as a Dramatherapist and Play Therapist in the 1980s and early 1990s respectively. In 2010, she completed her training in Buddhist Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute, Devon, and was accepted onto the UKCP Child Psychotherapy register in 2013. Di has worked in charities including the NSPCC Child Sexual Abuse Consultancy in Manchester with Anne Bannister, the NHS and the private sector as a psychotherapist and supervisor. She has taught at Terapia since 2006 on the Play Therapy Residential, Dramatherapy, and Working with Children and Young People who have experienced sexual abuse modules. Di is the author of Playful Awakening – Releasing the Gift of Play in Your Life (JKP, 2017). She currently practises in an independent fostercare agency in the South West UK together with her private practice as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. She completed a Masters in Creative Writing with Teeside University achieving a Distinction. Di continues to explore the integration of creative writing and well-being both for children and adults. Di lives in Devon.

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