Sue Gascoyne

Sue Gascoyne

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Colchester

Colchester CO2
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  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Play Therapy and Me - Play therapy is a creative play-based approach for helping children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, attachment, behavioural and emotional difficulties, to find new ways of expressing their emotions, build confidence and self-esteem, support self-regulation and make better behavioural choices. Using play and creative approaches (rather than talking), my role as a therapist is to create a safe, warm and empathetic environment in which the client can explore and ‘play out’ feelings and problems, working through issues at their own speed without judgement.

I consider it a great privilege to have helped and worked alongside so many children and their parents/carers who have made lasting positive changes to their lives. Over the last 6 years I have worked as a play therapist in a range of mainstream and specialist provision schools, supported social services and adoption support and directly with parents. In addition, I have over 16 years’ experience working in the education sector, I am a published author and have a specialism in sensory engagement. 

My Therapy Practice - Creating a warm and empathetic therapeutic relationship and safe environment for clients (and their caregivers) are essential to the success of play therapy. My approach is warm, playful, yet structured, giving children space and opportunities to explore whilst feeling contained and supported.

Although I work mostly with individual clients, I also offer support for families and parenting through parent/carer child dyad work, where the focus is on building connections and attachment and modelling effective strategies and approaches.

In addition to working in private practice, I am commissioned via Local Authorities, Adoption and Fostering Agencies, Social Services, primary and junior schools and specialist provision for children social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Practice description

I am experienced in supporting children and young people with a wide range of issues including bereavement, anxiety, stress, trauma, work, depression, time-management, etc. I offer flexible appointment times, and genuine concession rates.

As well as providing an array of creative resources including sand, clay, messy play, art and crafts, puppets, music and role-play for clients to access, I favour a range of approaches including Theraplay, TraumaPlay, Neuro Dramatic Play, Therapeutic Life Story work and Sensory Attachment Intervention, which are tailored to client’s individual needs.

I provide both short term and longer-term work and for safety reasons during the current Coronavirus pandemic I can work virtually via Skype/Zoom or can see clients outdoors, maintaining social distances.

Sometimes weekly one-to-one sessions with a child or siblings is most beneficial, while for others, joint adult/child sessions, or a combination of the two, are appropriate. With a Level 1 in Theraplay I can apply Theraplay type approaches on sessions or offer an adult/child MIM assessment to support parenting.

I believe counselling should be accessible for everyone and offer concessions to parents/carers where I can.

I am insured and registered with the BACP, PTUK abiding by their professional code of conduct. I am also GDPR compliant ensuring client data is protected.

My first session

Initial Consultation - Where possible I will meet parents/carers/referrers for an initial consultation during which we will explore the challenges being faced, any relevant client history and what you hope the sessions will achieve. I will explain about confidentiality and address any questions.

I understand how important it is to ‘click with’ someone so I offer a free initial consultation so that you can see if I am the right therapist for your child, family or organisation. 

Testimonials - Here is some feedback from satisfied customers: 

"Sue’s work has been invaluable in preventing a child being at risk of exclusion at our school. Sue was professional in her manner and the other staff felt very comfortable having her work within the school on a regular basis." - Primary School Head

"Many thanks for your support and hard work with regards to the children, it is clear that the children have benefited from play therapy and this has supported them with the emotional wellbeing." - Social Worker

"Thank you for the help you’ve given us. My child is enjoying seeing you and has been much happier at home and visits. Thank you for helping him work through things." - Parent

"Sue worked with a child in our school for a period of 30 weeks. She kept us fully up to date with his progress in both verbal and written form. Sue was wonderful at talking to the parents, she ensured they understood what she was doing and helped to reassure them about the process. Sue provided the class teacher with strategies in how to support the child she was working with during times of transition. This was vital and ensured that the child’s behaviour didn’t impact on the class."  - Primary School Head

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Family therapy, Person centred, Play therapy

Clients I work with

Children, Families, Groups, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited