From the everyday challenges to complex problems. I offer you a bespoke service according to your needs as every family is different. I am here to support you and your relationship with your child.
I have specialist expertise in early childhood trauma and loss. I am passionate about supporting children and their parents/carers together with those experiences.
Children who have experienced adverse life experiences can present with challenges and it can be hard to know what to do to help. What we can sometimes see as a failure to behave properly, is actually a failure to communicate properly. Developing an understanding of whats behind the behaviour is key to seeing change.
Parenting can be even harder when your own difficult experiences are triggered and it is important to have someone alongside you that 'gets it'. If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.
I'm Kelly Johnson and I am a parent/carer-child relationship consultant. Every family should have a champion; someone who propels them to be the best they can be.
I have fifteen years experience of attachment-focussed therapeutic family support. I am passionate about helping families get back on track when times are tough. I am passionate about the therapeutic benefits of play.
For the past ten years I have specialised supporting adopted children with early childhood trauma and their parent's/ caregiver's the children to be better understood and therefore make their relationships stronger.
When children experience relational trauma, it must be repaired relationally.
This work has made me even more passionate in supporting all families who struggle early on helping parents in the early days to be the best they can be.
I have a British Psychological Society recognised BSc (HONS) psychology degree and a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of East Anglia.
I am trained in Lego-based Therapy by Dr Gomez de la Cuesta at Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre.
I am a Foundational Theraplay® Practitioner training toward therapist status.
My Theraplay® training includes:
*Level One Theraplay & MIM
*Level Two Theraplay & MIM
*MIM Skills Training
*Dyadic-Emotional Interaction Style (D-EIS) for scoring the MIM -Part One
*Dyadic-Emotional Interaction Style (D-EIS) for scoring the MIM -Part Two
I have a background in Counselling therefore offer a non judgemental compassionate approach.
I am also a BTEC trained & highly experienced Nursery Nurse and Nanny.
The Theraplay Institute
Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
Registration No: SW09915
British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
One-off/Regular to discuss what matters to you and what might help
Support for you when you need it most. Someone to offload to and help make sense of things. I use an attachment-focussed, 'PACE' & 'brain-based' framework and am trauma-informed in my approach. This comes from a different evidence base than more behaviourist parenting programmes, one that holds the quality of your relationship as key.
Theraplay® Assessment (MIM)
Theraplay is a child and family play therapy that helps build relationships through shared joy and connection.
The assessment is detailed and robust and can be used as a stand alone intervention by helping you better understand your child and their relationship with you.
You will find more information on the Theraplay® Institute's website (TTI)
It can be useful to share with professionals to help better understand and support your child.
Should the Theraplay® assessment identify that dyadic play sessions would be helpful, I am able to plan and review sessions with you.
There is a lovely video here from TTI that shows you what those sessions look like:
The Theraplay® approach fits nicely with other parent-child sessions like baby massage, yoga and sensory play that all come from a connected parenting place.
Theraplay® sessions are held at The Chicken Shed in Fordham, near Newmarket if you are local. This is a rural farm environment with a trampoline and animals. The setting itself having clear therapeutic benefits for children attending.
See the link below to learn more about The Chicken Shed and the wonderful work they do supporting the community:
If you are further afield, I am always happy to travel (costs associated) and we can discuss suitable room hire near you.
When your family's communication is struggling and you've become stuck in a negative cycle, Lego (if you love Lego) is a wonderful tool for breaking down barriers, improving your connection, and having a fun time together. It a wonderful resource for children with an Autism diagnosis who struggle with social and emotional difficulties.
If I have undertaken an assessment, I am happy to discuss my findings with other professionals with your consent.
Independent Parenting Assessments
Often these assessments can be helpful for parents, social care and education provisions alongside the Paediatrician & CAMHS assessments where there might be complex diagnosis because we can bring together our expertise and think together.
I can see families within a 40 mile radius of my base in Newmarket, Suffolk.
These interventions are Adoption Support Fund and Pupil Premium compatible.