Jane Divall

Jane has worked therapeutically with children and families for over 10 years in a variety of settings including a Pupil Referral Unit, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and in projects supporting the mental health of children in schools across Mid and West Sussex. Jane’s work is firmly grounded in early child development and attachment theory. She has a particular interest in helping children who have experienced trauma and suffered attachment disruptions and losses.

Jane’s principle aim as a Play Therapist is to create a safe environment for children to explore and share their feelings in ways that allow them to integrate their inner world. She prioritises the voice of the child as it emerges in their creative play and where appropriate communicates this to the family and wider network in the hope of creating understanding and acceptance as well as growing and deepening relational connections. As well as one to one sessions with children in play therapy sessions, Jane creates a therapeutic space for parents and carers to consider ways of sensitively responding to their child and exploring potential relational barriers to attunement. Jane uses play creatively, incorporating art, sand trays, role play and puppets.

Jane has undertaken additional attachment training and completed the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) using narrative story stems. This evidence-based intervention is especially helpful in working with looked after and adopted children as it not only codes attachment strategy but is also a screening tool for depression and PTSD as well as the child’s capacity for mentalisation.

Jane is a fully accredited Play Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).