Therapeutic Approach

Basic principles


  • Building on attachment principles to work with relationships
  • Playful, Accepting, Curious, Empathic 
  • Strength based and solution focused
  • Creates an environment that facilitates healthy relationship development
  • Offers increased sensitivity, availability, and responsiveness
  • Builds trust
  • Contains anxiety and supports exploration

Supports children to:

  • Initiate and organise actions (and stop)
  • Monitor and evaluate behaviour (and change)
  • Plan future actions within new contexts
  • Anticipate what might happen, and then adapt
  • Form concepts and think abstractly

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Practice Model

Our Therapeutic model utilises DDP Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and attachment based learning in all aspects of our teaching, learning support and pastoral care throughout the school day.

Utilising this model we can promote inclusion and develop attachment friendly strategies to help young people with complex attachment needs survive and thrive in schools. Drawing from learning from working with young people who have experienced trauma and loss, identifying pupils’ attachment needs and adapting teaching techniques and the school environment to support these young people