BASED IN WOODINGDEAN, BRIGHTON AND COVERING EAST AND WEST SUSSEX
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This section aims to provide adoptive and foster families, Local Authorities and Adoption agencies with information about the specialist work with children and their carers I can offer.
Specialist support work is to support adopters and foster carers in looking after children who have suffered from severe abuse in their early years which led to separation and/or removal from their birth parents. The work is based on the most up to date knowledge and research in neurobiology, attachment and trauma. The presenting issues may include dealing with a family crisis, self-esteem, identity, adolescence, difficult family relationships, attachment issues, angry outbursts and behavior management, violence or family break up or bereavement.
Services are specifically designed and tailor made to suit specific needs and may include the following:
"Trauma happens in relationships, so it can only be healed in relationships"
"As comfortable as I was with my adoption, the nature-versus-nurture question has been a big one for me. I adore my parents, but I always wondered if I would feel a different kind of love-not more or less, just different-for someone who was biologically related"
Feedback from adoptive parents
“ We really enjoyed working with Chiara. She was warm and non-judgmental in her approach and although she imparted some of her knowledge the sessions really felt more like she was helping us to reflect on our own knowledge, skills and strengths to empower us to work better together in parenting our children in the most positive way. The work around curiosity and empathy helped me the most to reframe children’s behaviour. My partner remembers the acceptance and playfulness sessions as the most useful. We both valued the reflective space which allowed us to think about how we best work together and what we can (practically) do to help one another more. Our situation now with the children is that we feel we have more knowledge and understanding. We would highly recommend her.” (B & M)
Feedback from same sex parents
"I have previously been resistant to therapeutic support as can sometimes find it difficult to be hugely reflective as I am a little more impulsive. Chiara made me feel very comfortable from the start and like she was a ‘good match’ for me and my family. I felt that I could talk about anything and in any way I wanted to. I didn’t have to feel guarded to share what was on my mind. It was very refreshing to have this support in my family. I think we just feel very grounded as a family now and with a clear path for where we are all heading. We all feel very united. We had a particularly powerful session where we had a family session with our older daughter. It was led brilliantly and we all got to share our thoughts in a safe and supported space. We all felt great after it!" (K & C)