Create Hope has worked with a number of local schools and families, here are some of their comments:
‘Create Hope offer an alternative service to schools where the child and family are supported on a purely emotional level. The benefit of this support provides the children with time to explore and develop new relationships in an environment, which is non-threatening. Our children have benefitted from having this support and they each look forward to seeing their therapeutic worker.
The parents are also pleased with the service and feel that the sessions have helped their children. The sessions do not offer a cure and they do require a commitment from the school, as time is essential. Often the children requiring such support need more time than most to develop successful relationship where they are confident and secure to invest into a new person.’
Head Teacher, College Town Infant School. August 2016.
'Create Hope's service has been extremely supportive not to just individual children but also families too. It has enabled children to build a bond with another adult and use the sessions to meet their needs, both emotional and mentally. The sessions are developed at the pace of the children and nothing is imposed on them, it is all embracing and a very positive experience for all.'
Deputy Head, Ascot Heath Infant School
'It is imperative that schools have play therapy available for children as it really helps them deal with things in a non-threatening way. It provides a safe and secure space, giving children tools to deal with their difficulties and enable them to build resilience and self-worth'
'Through play therapy a child in our school was able to regulate his emotional responses, which built his resilience, sense of self worth, and dramatically improved his academic progress.'
'Through play therapy a child in our school moved from fright-flight mode; responding emotionally to situations and being unable to accessing his education, peer relationships and support to learning to deal with his past events in a none threatening environment. This in turn has helped him develop the skills to reason through his emotional responses, sit with these and persevere with difficult situations he faces.'
'Play therapy is a key part of the emotional support we offer through our school, it offers children a safe and secure space. The process can't be rushed, but through investing in this we have seen children grow in their confidence, sense of self worth, resilience and academic progress'.
SENCo Holly Spring Infant School Bracknell May 2015
‘Create Hope provided a Play therapist to support both my 10yr old daughter and my 7yr old son for a couple of years now. While they both needed her help, their challenges could not be more different: my son has special needs and is socially immature. Catherine quickly became someone he could trust and confide in, and she made a point of meeting him where he likes to be best: in his role-playing games. She learned a lot about all of his games, and then used that background and those fictional characters to help him find his own place in his social reality. He’s now more confident, and having an adult (who is not a relative, a family friend, or a teacher) to whom he can speak openly about his emotions is invaluable. My daughter has had to deal with both having a special needs sibling and the difficulties that entails at home, in school and for her own self-perception. Again Catherine has been fantastic at letting her explore all those emotions in a safe space, and giving her the means and the medium with which to express herself. The artwork my daughter came home with after each session with Catherine has been obviously therapeutic.'
'Catherine has been a huge asset in our lives; she’s helped the children become more confident and emotionally open. We are forever grateful to her.’
Parent June 2015
'I am writing to say thank you for the incredible support my family and I receive from Create Hope. I have found my sessions with Sarah from Create Hope so helpful. Knowing I'm going to be seeing Sarah gives me an opportunity to take the time to reflect and think about the challenges we are having as an adoptive family and express them in a safe environment with no judgement. They empathy and understanding has been amazing and made me feel like despite the challenges, we are doing well as a family and ultimately doing our best. Being able to express my emotions, especially powerful ones, has helped take the fuel out of them somewhat so that I feel more able to manage them better. This has been great for the whole family and everyone has noticed a really difference. I am calmer and definitely a better mum to my children. Being able to share and take the time to focus on me and my family is so positive and I honestly feel we would struggle without this support. I feel this support should be offered to all families who struggle as I'm convinced it helps family stay strong and probably even in some cases helps them stay together!'
'Thank you once again for your continued support through our bonding as a forever family.'
Parent July 2017
‘We adopted a sibling of three, eight years ago and two of our children have additional needs, relating to their trauma they experienced in early life. Catherine has supported our family during the last eighteen months with play therapy for our daughter. This space allows her to feel accepted, gives her a sense of belonging and enables her to share her thoughts and feelings. This has proved invaluable and we can see how much this has benefitted her. She enjoys the time she spends with Catherine and looks forward to her visits each week. Catherine is also teaching us as parents filial play therapy in order to consolidate the work she doing with our daughter. For anyone experiencing challenging, emotional or behavioural difficulties with their child/children, this is a wonderful resource available to our community and we would have no hesitation in recommending this service and support.’
Parent April 2015