Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a therapeutic model widely used with families that have adopted or fostered children, who may have experienced neglect and abuse in their early years. Children can be traumatised by these experiences and find it difficult to feel safe and secure within their new families, presenting with many challenging and often difficult behaviours.
Parents and children would be required to actively engage in therapeutic sessions where they will be supported to develop healthy patterns of relating and communicating, helping them all to feel more secure and connected with each other. Within the approach parents are given time to explore the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how this might present in current day relationships. They will be supported to find ways of increasing positive emotional connections in day to day life to help a child develop trust, utilising DDP principles such as PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy). Children will experience a safe and controlled environment that will gently support them to communicate their innermost thoughts and needs with care-givers.