Posted: 06.03.19 at 11:33 by The Editor
A Stamford-based play therapist is publishing her second book to help children cope with bereavement and change.
Amanda Seyderhelm's 'Helping Children Cope with Change and Loss' will be published by Routledge Education in June.
The book offers parents and teachers practical tools to help children experiencing emotional difficulties associated with bereavement and other major life-changing events such as divorce, adoption, fostering and relocation.
Amanda is a recognised authority in her field, having worked extensively with children at Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as families across the East Midlands.
She launched her practice - Helping Children Smile Again - at Orion House, 14 Barn Hill, in October last year, working with children aged four to 12 years old to help them deal with trauma, loss, bereavement and change through play therapy.
Amanda told Stamford Nub News: "Play therapy is a form of counselling which enables children to deal with worries or anxieties which may be causing negative patterns of behaviour such as struggling to concentrate or experiencing disturbed sleep.
"Children who are suffering bereavement or change carry, what I call, an invisible rucksack - very, very heavy with worries and anxieties. I help them to unburden this emotional baggage.
"Being able to put a smile back on a child's face when they have been very sad or angry, overwhelmed by their emotions, is extremely rewarding.
"It is very satisfying that at the end of treatment - a minimum of 12 sessions - they are in a very different, more positive, place."
A Play Therapy UK certified play therapist and a member of the Association of Family Therapy and Systematic Practice, Amanda's first publication was a picture book for bereaved children called 'Isaac and the Red Jumper'.