Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy


Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy [DDP] is a therapy that was developed for families with adopted or fostered children who had experienced neglect and abuse in their birth families and suffered from significant developmental trauma. 

Children who have had many changes in the people who look after them and find it hard to trust adults.  They may believe that parents aren't safe and can't always be turned to for comfort and help.  They may develop insecure attachments and try to stop their new parents from becoming emotionally close to them.  The therapy helps the children learn to trust.  It is family-based and involves the child with his or her caregivers.

The therapy uses principle of a model called PACE, Playfulness  to bring enjoyment and fun to the relationship.  Acceptance to create psychological safety and an understanding for the caregiver. Curiosity is used to explore within the relationship and to get to know each other better.  Empathy communicates our curiosity and acceptance, as we recognise and respond to the other's emotional experience.

For a consultation please contact

Jo Wagstaff - 07851265523

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.
~Carl Jung