Shadow Monsters and Courageous HeartsAuthor : Hayley GrahamIllustrator : Tor AllenHave you ever wanted to understand more about mental health difficulties, such as trauma, OCD, attachment, shame and grief, but been put off by lengthy, academic texts? Have you ever wanted to start a conversation with a child about mental health concerns but not known where to begin? Would you like to help empower your kids to take control of their own psychological wellbeing? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, this is the book for you.
Child and adolescent psychotherapist, Hayley Graham, draws on her years of experience to create an accessible resource perfect for parents, teachers and therapists. In Shadow Monsters and Courageous Hearts, she gives us five beautifully written and deeply-affecting stories designed to educate, empower and inspire. What's more she provides succinct explanations of the mental health challenges explored and suggests questions related to the stories to facilitate adults to start conversations with children. Conversations to further understanding, empower, and nurture compassion.
Foreward by Graham Music (PhD) – best-selling author, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and adult psychotherapist.
This is the first time I have come across a text which not only addresses specific mental health issues in a gentle and safe way for children to access, through the most tender and skillful storytelling but goes on to powerfully educate the adults to initiate and open up those sensitive and meaningful questions and conversations afterwards.
Joanna Panton, Special Education Professional and parent
Hayley Graham’s book is a terrific contribution to the worlds of child psychotherapy, play therapy and bibliotherapy. She has skilfully and playfully captured the language and sharing of information pitched at parents and carers.
Di Gammage, Child Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and author of Playful Awakening – Releasing the Gift of Play in Your Life
Hayley has carefully crafted stories that contain the essence of many of the most common emotional problems facing children. They are laced with uplifting moments of humour and playfulness, making them a very enjoyable as well as informative read. Beautiful illustrations are the icing on the cake.
Hannah Galvin, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
These intriguing stories and delightful illustrations will certainly engage the imaginations of child listeners or readers. More importantly, they allow children to think about, and explore, their own thoughts and feelings.
Patrick Browning, Clinical HypnotherapistRelease date : 1st September 2022
About the Author and Illustrator
Author : Hayley GrahamHayley Graham is a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and adults. She is registered and accredited by the UKCP as a specialist child and adolescent psychotherapist, as well as being an accredited registered member of the BACP and an EMDR therapist. She has many years of experience wo...READ MORE ABOUT THIS AUTHOR
Illustrator : Tor AllenTor Allen is an illustrator/painter who was brought up in the South Hams. She has loved drawing and making things from an early age with her rural environment playing a huge influence on her work. She studied graphic design in Bath and did her post graduate studies at PCA, Plymouth. Working both dig...READ MORE ABOUT THIS ILLUSTRATOR
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