In her work with children, Serena utilises play and art therapy to create a safe place for the children and to develop a trusting relationship, where the child feels respected and understood. Serena focuses on a child-centred approach; which follows the child's narrative about what the child feels is important in their world and the strategies the child identifies as being useful for them.
Serena will often teach self-regulating strategies and language to help the child name and manage the strong emotions they are experiencing. Serena has particular experience with children with trauma, bereavement, or autism.
When working with children and young people, Serena uses a family-centred approach and works both individually with the child or young person as well as with family groups including: parents, caregivers, siblings, and other family members. With children under 12 years. Serena requests an initial parent/caregiver session. Serena initially recommends six sessions, but this may vary depending on each family's needs.