play. move. recovery.

Play and body-oriented therapy for children from refugee and migration backgrounds

therapy
play & movement

 

Play is the language of the child. Children naturally communicate their thoughts, feelings and experiences through play.

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed specifically for the treatment of children whose social and emotional development is hindered by drastic events or (psychological) problems. In play therapy, the therapist uses play as a tool to help the child understand and develop.

Play is the language of the child. Children naturally communicate their thoughts, feelings and experiences through play. Through play, the therapist can enter the child’s world and connect with the child. Children can explore their inner world and express and process feelings within this safe environment.

Play therapy falls under occupational therapy in the Netherlands. The focus in vocational therapy is not talking, but doing and experiencing during the therapy session.

Refugee children

Practice Noura focuses specifically on children from refugee and migration backgrounds.

Play therapy was developed for children between the ages of 4 and 12, but the nonverbal and experiential nature of play therapy sometimes makes this form of treatment appropriate for younger or older children as well. Practice Noura is also experienced in treating children over the age of 12.

Practice Noura focuses specifically on children from refugee and migration backgrounds.

Play therapy transcends culture and language barriers because the child determines how he or she expresses himself or herself in play, including the cultural adaptation of play.

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Ylva from
den Berg

The name Noura has its origins in Arabic. Noura means light,” “inner light” and “enlightenment.

The name Noura has personal significance for Ylva van den Berg (born Amsterdam, 1979). In addition to combining the names of her daughter and son, the name Noura has its origins in Arabic. The Arabic meaning is “light,” “inner light” and “enlightenment.
Ylva has a close connection to the Arab world for many reasons. It is the place where her humanitarian work with children in conflict zones and on the run began. After studying Social Work at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, her Bachelor of Language and Cultural Studies Arabic and her Master of Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht, she lived in the Middle East for ten years where she worked for War Child as a psychosocial consultant and child protection expert.

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Rinske Ellermeijer

Senior Child Protection Advisor in the Research and Development Department of War Child Holland

Ylva is an experienced child protection practitioner with whom we worked on a diverse range of child protection and child safeguarding assignments.
She is knowledgeable, flexible and delivers high quality work always keeping the end users in various context in mind. Above all, Ylva is a very kind person to work with. I would highly recommend her as a consultant.

Caroline Veldhuizen

Senior Child Protection in Emergencies Advisor, Save the Children

We have worked with Ylva in different consultancies focusing on community-led child protection. Ylva is a pleasure to work with. Building on solid technical knowledge in the area of child rights, child protection, child development and psychosocial wellbeing, she is a very good listener, using her analytical skills to quickly grasp her role within a project. She is extremely flexible, always thinks in opportunities and solutions, and builds on her efficient way of work to get things done within the agreed timeframe. Having worked in different contexts across regions (urban, rural, refugee, internal displacement, conflict) she is strong in developing contextualized guidance and training materials. I would highly recommend her.

Ellen cheung

Psychologist & Play Therapist,
Abrazos Practice

Ylva has provided therapy to children from refugee and migrant backgrounds for my practice. She is best described as a very involved and passionate play therapist. She has developed as a culturally and traumasensitive therapist.
In addition, Ylva works systemically by involving the entire family and other caregivers involved in treatment when necessary.
Ylva is a very nice person to work with.