Maaike Geschwindt

Certified Play and Creative Arts Therapist PGDIP
Parent-Child Attachment Play Practitioner 

 

Maaike Geschwindt

Certified Play and Creative Arts Therapist PGDIP
Parent-Child Attachment Play Practitioner 

What I can offer

  • I have been providing support for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties since 2012, becoming a fully qualified Play Therapist in 2016.
  • I strongly believe that we can prevent and heal mental health difficulties when we build supportive relationships within which people feel accepted for who they are and have the freedom to express themselves fully in a way that does not cause harm to others. Therefore, I like to work with the whole person and the systems around them to explore what barriers might be in place in their environment, relationships and/or within themselves that prevent them from being able to emotionally thrive. As such, I have written and delivered training for family practitioners and teachers in attachment and trauma-informed approaches to challenging behaviours and provided consultancy work in schools supporting in the construction of behaviour support plans. I also work closely with parents to strengthen their relationship with their child using the Parent-Child Attachment Play model, as well as drawing on elements of Theraplay and PACE. I am also passionate about working within communities, providing projects that draw people together, provide support and reduce isolation.
  • It is important to me that we all have a voice, no matter how young, and that there is opportunity for everyone to be heard, but some people cannot find the words to express the difficult feelings inside. Play and creativity form the basis of all the work I do because evidence supports the fact that we express our emotions and form relationships most effectively when we play or create. We may not be able to say how we feel but we may be able to paint it or a puppet might be able to say it on our behalf. 
  • As someone with a degree in Creative Writing, I am particularly interested in stories and how we use narrative to organise our feelings and experiences. I construct therapeutic stories for children and parents and support them to write their own. I also created ‘Little Storytellers’, parent-child workshops drawing on the work of Dr Sue Jennings and Vivian Gussin-Paley to support children as young as 3 years old to create stories.
  • The therapeutic power of nature and the outdoors has always interested me and led me to work in an outdoor provision for children at risk of exclusion, which really affirmed for me how affective the natural world can be when utilised as a therapeutic tool.
  • I am very excited and proud to be a founding director at Creative Arts Therapy Devon and look forward to being able to work in a variety of ways to meet the needs of the Devon community.
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