Testimonials from adoptive parents

“Sue worked with us as a family using mindfulness and CBT to give our son techniques to help with his anxiety. We found her to be professional yet fun and engaging at the same time.
We highly recommend rag doll and since their support things have been going swimmingly!
A huge thank you to Sue and the team” 

“Thank you so much for all the help and support you have provided to date, you definitely got us through some of our darkest days.”

“Ragdoll offer a very supportive caring service. They are very flexible in the way they deliver there service accommodating us. I found Ragdoll incredibly kind, warm, professional and thoughtful. They clearly care about improving families lives and the children are at the heart of everything they do. Life has certainly improved since Ragdoll involvement and home is a much happier place.”

“We adopted our son just over 15 months ago. He has significant emotional needs and from day one it was identified that he would most likely need lifelong intervention for this. Alex has been working with our family for just over 12 months now. We were first referred from our Local Authority Social Worker for Play therapy. From the first assessment, the support and level of commitment to addressing our needs has been incredible. Our son has been attending weekly sessions and really looks forward to this time. We have received regular feedback on progress and have been able to access support outside of the sessions to deal with ongoing problems that have arisen over time. Alex has been supportive over accessing alternative training we can access as parents to further support the needs of our son. We have found their liaison with the LA to arrange a programme of sessions, discuss needs and assessments right through to the Play Therapy sessions and late night meetings for problems has all been first class. Alex has been happy to liaise with the school to ensure that they are supporting the work being completed and provide a more seamless support network to address the challenges faced by our son. We could not recommend this service highly enough, not just for the therapy side but the ongoing support and genuine care you receive as a parent. It feels like we are a team trying to work on these issues and not just having to face them alone makes a huge difference to our confidence. Many thanks to the Ragdoll team.”

Sue and Alex, wow, what a Godsend.

We adopted our boy, 4 years ago now and it was only after meeting with these 2 lovely ladies that we were able to UNDERSTAND our child better.

He came from a troubled background, living with his BM and his foster carer at most stages of his life. I’m sure he had seen/heard too much in his young life that we were unaware of. We tried comforting, nurturing etc, but it seems like we were doing it all wrong. Yes he loved (still loves) us, but after meeting Sue & Alex, it seems that our bond with him has grown as has his bond with us.

Yes we thought we were the best parents out there, always doing what we thought was best for our little boy.  How wrong we were.

My wife first met Alex and Sue during a therapeutic session in MK as I was unable to make it. At first, I thought, Oh no, not another session telling parents what NOT to do with their adopted children. How wrong was I?

My wife, after the first session, came back buzzing. She advised that there were so many things that we could do to help our boy settle in better with us – not that he wasn’t settled, but to make things right.

Sue and Alex were/are always on hand to help/ They take the time to assess you with and without your child to determine what the best possible “PLAY” could be. They sat with us, they enacted with us, they bonded with all of us, making it possible that WE were able to bond as the loving family we always wanted to be.

After the month long session finished with my wife (and other parents), it was my turn to meet and be able to assess how Alex and Sue were helping (going to help) us.

At first, like most males, I was very sceptical. I just thought they were busy bodies as mentioned before. They basically helped ME to understand what I was doing wrong. How we could work together as a family, how to MAKE our lives as easy as possible. It’s the little things really like talking through WHY they were there in the first place that initially broke the ice. Instead of just marching into my house to TELL me what I needed to be doing, they LISTENED to what I /we were doing first, went away and then came back with a plan of action. They helped us to understand our sons little mind, how he was thinking, how it made us feel, then ADVISED us what the next steps we should be taking were.

After a few weeks/months of meeting Alex & Sue, I can see that we are GROWING into a FAMILY. We LISTEN to each other. We TALK as a family. We LOVE as a family.

Thank you BOTH for being there when we needed you. Thanks for giving us the support we needed. Thanks for being there IF we need to see you again (don’t want to tho – lol)



Testimonials from Local Authorities

“Sue and Alex have been really great to work with as a provider of therapeutic services. They have tailor made a therapeutic support package with good communication”

“Thank you for your report, which I have to say I found both insightful and refreshingly robust . . . (mum) has clearly taken on board your advice and I think this is really empowering for her. She was also feeling very heard . . . this has also been validating for her. Thank you for this”.

“I have worked with Alex and Sue in a professional capacity and have found them both  to be very friendly, approachable and professional.  They work openly and honestly with families and are flexible in their approaches, tailoring packages to suit individual families’ needs.”