Therapeutic sessions for children

About us
Create Hope is a Christian charity working with families within the Berkshire area. We offer play therapy, and therapeutic support to children, young people and families to support them with their emotional needs. Create Hope’s aim is to reach out to people and enable them to find their voice through creativity.

It is about individuals; showing people they matter, that everyone matters. The hope is to make a difference in someone's life; helping them see beyond their troubles.

Therapeutic sessions for children
We work with children one-to-one and in small groups offering therapeutic support to help them explore and express their emotions.  

Our staff and volunteers are trained to enable children to share their story and to feel heard in their emotions.  Based on Play therapy principles our therapeutic sessions help to give children a voice, and a safe way to communicate and express their feelings through the medium of play and creativity.

Our approach is based on Virginia Axline’s (1969) eight key principles, where we adopt a non-judgmental approach, allowing the child to lead the session at their pace, set clear boundaries appropriate to the needs of the individual and enable them to explore and express their emotions and have these validated.  In turn this helps the children express themselves and find ways of coping with their difficulties.

Our sessions can help children for lots of different reasons including children who have witnessed domestic abuse, dealing with family separation, drug and alcohol addictions, bereavement, diagnosis of physical and mental disabilities, bullying, low self-esteem, anger issues and/or family breakdowns.

Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly