Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) is an attachment based treatment developed by Dan Hughes for families and children struggling with trauma-attachment bonds. The treatment model used is an interactive and experiential relationship-building therapy designed to understand the impact of early childhood trauma. DDP is designed to teach, model and support healthy relationships. Focus of treatment is in helping the child to feel safe and trust their parent(s) The principles of DDP are set out on www.ddpnetwork.org.
Children who have not had their needs attended to may come to believe that they are not worthy, lovable or adequate and they may act out and sabotage offerings meant to show them otherwise. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy offers a framework of safe boundaries and works using Playful Acceptance Curiosity and Empathy (PACE) to help build family attachments.
WHAT ARE THE
GOALS OF DDP?
1. Create Boundaries & Safety
2. Affect Development
4. Accepting Connection & Comfort
5. Emotional Communication
6. Relationship Repair
7. Build Secure Attachment Relaitonships
WHAT WILL A
Connections with Parent and Child
Boundaries and Safety
Understanding of the child's experience
Playful, acceptance, curiosity and empathy Parental psycho-education offering resources to develop understanding of DDP
Processing the child and family’s trauma history
Processing grief and loss
Validation for child’s feelings
Role-playing to explore current and/or past events using supportive interactions
Reparation of early and present relationships
Talking for the child, talking about the child, and with the child to support emotion development
Use of expressive arts to deepen affective development and expression
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM
To build a trusting working relationship
To create joint intentions for the work
To explore the impact of parenting
To understand parental attachment history
To develop empathy for their child
Then alternate Parent child sessions and parent sessions
When your child is present Nikki will explore ways to help her to understand your child better. This may involve using puppets, toys art or play.