Welcome! I’m Nikki, the founder of The Tough Stuff Play Therapy and a Certified Play Therapist in Colchester, Essex.
I work therapeutically with children, helping them to express big feelings. These feelings often reveal themselves in negative or out-of-character behaviours that can make other people concerned and unhappy too. Together and at the child’s pace we work through the ‘tough stuff’.
As a Certified Play Therapist, I am professionally and ethically governed by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). You will also find me on the accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority.
BEHAVIOURS INDICATE FEELING:
By paying close attention to the child and their play, insight can be gained of their point of view. This allows us to start to understand the child’s perspective and feelings better. Play therapy supports children by inviting self-expression in healthy, creative and safe ways. Given time, big feelings ease and the child develops better emotional regulation.
This soothing process allows them to feel calmer, reassured and resilient enough to begin to focus on other important things – like learning and fulfilling their potential. They become happier in themselves.