Steve Layzell – Founder of Family Affect Ltd
After many years of working with children & families I found the most important aspect of emotional development & positive change came from within the relationships between us. This inspired me to find therapy models, which both suited me & which could enhance the work I was undertaking. Shifting my routes of a ‘Freud’ model I was attracted to attachment interactive (relationship) models of Theraplay (interactive play therapy) & Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) where kindness, compassion, openness, curiosity empathy & acceptance are the ethos of their approach. I believe they are the core components in developing secure attachments & healthy minds.
The work I wanted to develop was with the ‘true self’ behind the many defences a protector self – care system many traumatised children & adults (who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents) develop to prevent themselves becoming emotionally overwhelmed & feeling unbearable pain. Over the years I could see children & adults compromise their lives lost within their ‘false selves’, the false selves most people around them responded too. Theraplay & DDP are the underpinning models of Family Affect where we aim to help traumatised children & adults gain a coherent personal narrative & learn new ways of living with their traumas & ‘pain’.
I would like to sincerely thank Phyllis Booth & the staff at the Theraplay institute & Dan Hughes founder of DDP in developing model’s based on attachment theory which enable the team & me at Family Affect use to help children & families develop secure attachments & gain the ability to live creative, authentic & fulfilled lives.
Director Family Affect Ltd
Theraplay Therapist/Social Worker
Accredited Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) practitioner hcpc registered
CAKE (Compassion, curiosity, Acceptance, attunement, Kindness, knowing, Empathy, engagement) At AFFECT all the work is underpinned by an approach following CAKE (inspired by Dan Hughes PACE).