Fiona Couchman

PLAY THERAPIST / ATTACHMENT SPECIALIST

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I am a play therapist specializing in trauma and attachment difficulties. I am registered and accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and in South Africa I have joined the professional register of the CCSA. 

After obtaining my BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, I completed a post-graduate qualification in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MA in Play Therapy (UK).  I have spent the last 10 years working in a range of environments, including schools, private practice, hospitals, and children’s residential homes. Most recently I worked for the UK National Health Service (NHS) in a highly specialist multidisciplinary Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team, working with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties, specifically with adopted children and children in care.

I am passionate about helping children to develop healthy loving attachment relationships, and to feel good about themselves, as well as helping parents with the challenges of parenting.  I have trained extensively in attachment and developmental trauma to help parents, carers, and schools understand the impact of attachment difficulties and/or trauma on all levels of a child’s development. I support them with practical advice and tools to help the child to regulate their emotions, to engage with others intersubjectively, and to develop their executive functioning, which are the skills that underlie learning and problem-solving. 

I have a special interest in sensory attachment interventions, play therapy with a sensory focus to decrease emotional reactivity in the children. In addition to this, I have a special interest in working with adopted children and their families. 

Services I Offer:

  • Play Therapy

  • Filial Therapy 

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

  • Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW)

  • Theraplay®

  • Attachment Training for Schools

  • Parenting Support and Guidance (Parents, Adoptive Parents and Carers)

  • Assessment Services

    • ​Assessment of the parent-child interaction and relationship

    • Assessment of individual child attachment patterns