Cheryl Shanahan

Cheryl qualified as a Play Therapist that specializes in Early Childhood at Canterbury Christ Church University and earned her degree in Inclusive Education at Hong Kong University. Since then, Cheryl has gained extensive experience working with young children and their families through her roles as a Registered Teacher, Early Childhood Consultant, and Play Therapist.

She employs a range of research based therapies to support families with young children (6 months to 8 years), working therapeutically through play with children to address behavioural difficulties, improve social and relationship skills, develop emotional regulation, foster a positive sense of self and help them more effectively express themselves, and build resilience.

Her training in attachment theory enables her to guide and support parents and caregivers to strengthen attachment with their children and create more secure relationships. This is particularly beneficial for families who have or are about to adopt young children or for parents who are experiencing difficulties bonding with their new-born.
Cheryl is a one of the only qualified and experienced Filial Play Therapists in
Hong Kong. Filial therapy is a form of child-centered play therapy that involves the parents or carers directly as the drivers of therapeutic change. This interaction is proven to help children develop confidence, coping strategies and healthier ways of communicating and supports parents to become more reflective, attuned, consistent and balanced.

Cheryl takes a systemic approach, working closely with not just the child, but collaboratively with parents and teachers in order to develop effective strategies catered to the individual child’s needs across their home and learning environments.

She can be seen by appointment at Southside Family Health Centre.

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