I have worked with children since the age of 16 and during studies for my degree in Psychology, I became aware of Play Therapy. This quickly became something I am very passionate about, and this is reflected in my work with children. I strive to promote the value of children's positive mental health in order to enhance our work with children. I believe that understanding the impact of trauma and difficult experiences can help us to support children in developing into strong and healthy adults.
I have worked in schools prior to qualifying as a Play Therapist, both mainstream and special, and so have an inside understanding of the demands placed upon staff. This has helped me in refining an adaptable service for schools. I have worked with children stuggling with difficulties including attachment disorder, low self-esteem, family breakdown and physical disability.
Alongside providing Play Therapy in schools, I have worked alongside social care in intensive family support and with a service working with adolescents at risk, providing Play Therapy for both. I have worked with children who have been physically and sexually abused, and those who have witnessed domestic violence. I have comprehensive training in Safeguarding children.
Perhaps a more unique aspect to my experience is my work in Romania. I have run a Summer School project in the rural area of Bacau since 2009, and spend time throughout the year over there providing therapeutic interventions amongst other things. This is a cause very close to my heart and I am proud to be introducing alternative ways of working with the children to the villages I visit.
I offer Clinical Supervision to professionals, and have most recently become an Assistant Course Director/ Associate Tutor through the Academy of Play And Child Psychotherapy and Leeds Beckett University, delivering the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.
I am an Accredited Play Therapist and adhere to the following safeguards: