A warm welcome from Dr Amelia Fay Taylor, Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and Educational Psychologist (Health Care Professions Council) at LifeCycles Psychology. Amelia has practised psychological assessment and therapeutic work with children, young people, families and professionals since 2009. She specialises in work with children and young people experiencing attachment and relationship difficulties, social and emotional difficulties and social communication difficulties. She works closely with parents, carers and professionals where appropriate. Amelia undertakes work with families and in school settings.
Amelia works into schools providing Educational Psychology consultation, support, training and interventions. This includes problem solving consultations, a range of assessment measures, recommendations, sign posting and reports. Amelia offers a range of training packages both virtually and in person. Use the contact form below and Amelia will arrange a free initial consultation.
Court Expert Witness Work
Amelia is able to provide assessments and reports as an Expert Witness for children and families. This includes tribunal work. Amelia has completed The Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Family Certificate (2021). This work must be commissioned via Solicitors.
Dr Amelia Taylor offers Psychological Specialist Assessments of Attachment and Trauma these and the therapeutic work below are typically funded by the Adoption Support Fund (ASF).
Dr Amelia Taylor is a fully Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer. She offers Theraplay for families with children aged 18 months - 16 years. ASF typically fund this work. Amelia trains professionals in Level 1 and Group Theraplay. She also offers supervision to Theraplay Practitioners.
Dr Amelia Taylor is trained in Therapeutic Life Story Work and offers this to young people alongside their parents / carers. This can involve a range of creative mediums and typically culminates in the co-production of a Life Story book for the child or young person.
Dr Amelia Taylor is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist and has undertaken specialist training to work with both adults and children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7yKY8Hm12Y
Dr Amelia Taylor is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Practice.
Amelia is qualified to stage 3 in Video Interaction Guidance which is a mentilization based approach to enhance interactions / relationships.
Amelia provides a specialist program built around mountain biking and Theraplay together for older children and their families.
This incorporates Family and Group Theraplay, training in Therapeutic Parenting for parents / carers (based on Theraplay) and mountain bike coaching following the Theraplay model for children and young people. Our Mountain Bike Coaches are Trauma Informed and have training in Neuro-Sequential Sport (Bruce Perry).
At LifeCycles Psychology we believe that positive change is most likely to happen when children and young people are in a safe feeling environment. Therefore we most often work in the home, school or the outside context. We hope to support you through your journey. Our goal is to support you build positive relationships for the future and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Costs for Therapy and Assessment typically charged at a flat hourly rate. I operate a scale of fees and will provide those on initial contact.
Post Adoption and some work with children in Special Guardianships or Foster Care can be eligible for funding through the Adoption Support Fund. An application would be made by the child's Social Worker.
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The Theraplay Institute provide the following description of Theraplay: Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.In treatment, the Theraplay therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”
Amelia is a Fully Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer. She is listed with Theraplay UK.
Amelia is also a member of the Supervisors’ Practicum and offers Theraplay Supervision
LifeCycles is a 4 day intensive Group Theraplay program alongside mountain bike tuition built on the model of Theraplay. LifeCycles is designed for parents and carers and children aged 10-15 years old. The 4 day program includes Group Theraplay sessions (for families), mountain bike coaching (for young people), Therapeutic parenting and Theraplay training for adults and Group Theraplay for young people.
Although families will have their own therapeutic goals, the overall program is designed to build social and emotional skills and resilience through the 4 dimensions of structure, engagement, nurture and challenge. Currently this program is offered in Chopwell Woods, Gateshead. We are able to consider other areas for groups of 6 families. We will apply to the Adoption Support Fund for funding. The program is catered.
Our next LifeCycles Program is on 26th-29th July 2021. Contact us to book.
Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
If you would like to speak with Amelia, please use the contact form and leave a contact phone number. Amelia will offer a free phone consultation initially.
By private appointment.