Treehouse
Gloucestershire

CASE STUDIES

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    Tom


Tom, aged 9,  was referred to us by his school.  He was close to permanent exclusion, as he was constantly disruptive in class. 

He found socialising difficult and was becoming increasingly angry and aggressive at play time.  During the play therapy sessions Tom embraced drama and through this form his therapist helped him to create and explore stories based on his past experiences, some of which were deeply traumatic. 

After 20 weeks of play therapy sessions, he had worked through many of his issues and became progressively more able to settle down and do his schoolwork. 

​His teachers reported that for the first time ever he was seen choosing to read a book  and he began to engage with other children in small-group work. Socially things improved for him as he began to play appropriately and make friends.​



CASE STUDIES & TESTIMONIALS 

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Counselling & Creative Arts Therapy

TESTIMONIALS

FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE


    Alice


Alice,14 was referred to us by her mother who described Alice as despairing, withdrawn and said she rarely spoke and when she did she talked of killing herself. 

She increasingly refused to go to school and her teachers believed this was because she had been previously teased and bullied - although she would not talk to anyone about how she felt. She had recently received a diagnosis of Asbergers Syndrome.  

At her therapy sessions Alice would not speak, choosing instead to play silently with Lego for long periods and her therapist quietly played along side her - understanding that the complex Lego models Alice made represented a non-threatening and non-verbal opportunity for Alice to communicate how she felt. 

In fact Alice did not speak at all for the first 15 weeks of play therapy sessions but never refused to come to her sessions and increasingly engaged with her therapist through play. At week 16 Alice started speaking and then became increasingly verbally communicative as the therapy continued and the sessions changed dramatically from then on – to the point of Alice expressing her feelings and fears in words. 

​By week 20 Alice was speaking at home, asking for her needs to be met and she began talking positively about going back to school.​






Mother of 5 year old boy who had witnessed domestic violence:


“ Thank you so much for all your support and guidance, the change in him has been amazing!”  





5 year old boy:

“I wish I could come here forever!!”
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Dafydd Lawday, Head of Charfield Primary School, Wotton- Under-Edge

“The impact of The Tree House’s support on one of our pupils has been exceptional. Their approach to therapy has enabled him to be a happy and confident learner once again. I would happily use and recommend The TreeHouse services.”

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11 year old boy referred with anxiety

“I feel so much better about things at home now. Coming here has helped me sort out my worries"

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Parent of an 8 year old boy referred for anger issues.  Whiteshill Primary School, Stroud


“Thank you so much for helping our son through a difficult time, he’s less angry, and much happier now”  

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Grandmother of 13 year old girl who had been suspended from school twice for repeated refusal to comply with teachers requests:


"At last she's actually talking to us about how she feels. Thank you for showing her (and us!) a new way of understanding things."


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Parents of a 10 year old girl with sensory processing issues from a school in Cheltenham area (anonymised by request)

“We want to give a huge thanks to The TreeHouse for all the work you have done with our daughter. Thanks to you she is now much more confident, resilient and reflective.”​

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10 year old boy with anger issues

“ thanks for helping me calm down”


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​8 year old boy who had experienced bullying 

“You're so nice, I feel I could tell you anything! Thank you so much, I wish I had bought you some flowers!”
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8 year old girl experiencing trauma after a parent had made a suicide attempt

“coming here is so much better than I thought it would be, I can play here, I thought I would just have to talk.”

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