Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a therapeutic approach designed to help children who have experienced developmental trauma and disrupted attachments in their early childhood relationship experiences. Children who have experienced relational trauma and loss find it difficult to feel safe and secure within their own birth families and/or their new foster/adoptive families. These children may be experiencing what is often referred to as "developmental trauma". DDP therapy can help to build trust and openness and help children and young people to begin to allow themselves to experience "emotional connection" learning to building trusting and loving relationships.
DDP is also part of a wider systemic model that can help parents and everyone involved in supporting the child (e.g. teachers, social workers, extended family), teams and organisations – understand and discover what they can do to be most helpful for the child and their family. This therapy aims to work out whether and how your child’s development might have been affected and how you might be able to help your child’s development progress.
The first step starts here! Drop us a line to discuss your situation and arrange an appointment.
DDP can support children with "developmental/relational trauma" and attachment based difficulties.
At TFC we can support children and young people using Adoption Support Funds (ASF) agreed and authorised together with the child's adoption social worker. We have strong working alliances with a number of local adoption agencies and Local Authority partners, ensuring that families can be financially supported to engage in this important work. Please enquire using our contact us information.
Biological parents and their children engaging in DDP therapy can be supported using one of our Parent Support groups. To attend a therapeutic parenting course designed specifically to support parents who have children with attachment and developmental trauma please enquire about these courses (See Therapeutic Parenting section).
DDP therapy and PACE parenting sessions/groups/training can all be funded with Adoption Support Fund (ASF) for families who have adopted a child or who are SGO parents or Kinship Carers. TFC are approved providers for ACE adoption and Special Guardianship Care as well as offering ASF approved work from a number of other Local Authorities through an Adoption Social Workers application.
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With the use of DDP therapy we aim to increase your child’s attachment security.
If you would like to enquire and find out more about our DDP therapy please drop us a line.
“ I like the fact we feel safe enough to have difficult conversations with Wendy. It takes time, patience, compassion and skill to do the work and Wendy is constantly alert to helping families find a way through. She's transparent, open and highly skilled. Her knowledge and breadth of experience is evident.
I think what's most inspiring is seeing Wendy work with our kids. Her patience, attuned responses, flexibility and acceptance is amazing. Therapeutic journeys are hard, they can be challenging and difficult. Sometimes that's difficult to 'like' per se but it's very much part of the process and Wendy is there to come alongside, help support and help us puzzle through."
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