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Our therapeutic approach to child mental health

Our therapeutic approach to child mental health

We use a practice-led therapeutic approach to child mental health which is backed by research and informed by over 25 years’ experience providing mental health services in schools.

Integrative support for children and child development

All our support is informed by attachment theory, which suggests that our early relationships affect our development.

Our mental health professionals use an 'integrative’ approach. This integrative support for children brings together different strands of therapeutic thinking to support the development of each pupil.

  • Person-centred – helping pupils and family members make the best decisions for themselves
  • Psychoanalytic – exploring how buried thoughts, feelings and experiences shape current relationships
  • Systemic – working with pupils and family members in the context of their relationships and environment.

They might also apply aspects of:

  • Cognitive behavioural – helping pupils and family members manage problems by changing how they think and behave
  • Solution-focused – helping pupils and family members work towards their own solutions. Our mental health professionals may have additional areas of expertise. This enables us to support even more people.

Relationships, self-awareness and play

Our work is guided by three core principles:

  • Building relationships – in the Place2Be room (a therapeutic relationship based on trust) and outside (positive relationships with others)
  • Developing self-awareness – for our mental health professionals (so they can provide effective support) and clients (to help them manage their emotions)
  • Encouraging play – as a ‘language’ for children and adults that allows them to explore feelings and learn new things.

Our evidence base

Our distinctive therapeutic approach is backed by external clinical research.
We monitor the effectiveness of our therapeutic approach by collecting data about the work we do and using it to measure our impact.

Read about our statistics and evidence

Safety and ethics

Safe and ethical practice is a priority for Place2Be.

All our mental health professionals are trained in safeguarding processes and procedures.

We are an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

News & blogs

Children's hands with blue paint on them

My journey with Place2Be - Rebecca's Story

Through Art Therapy, Rebecca realised the difference she could make in children's lives across Scotland.

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‘Thank God I Had Therapy Yesterday’ – Deb’bora’s story

Deb'bora Imani is an instrumental figure in Place2Be's history. In this guest blog, she shares her story.

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Join our Secondary Teacher and Parent Panels

We're looking for volunteers to join our panels and help improve mental health support for young people in secondary schools.

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