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Help A Child and Safeguard Your Strength

With parental consent, a child can be referred to us by anyone involved with their family; e.g. social worker, health visitor, CAMHS, teacher, youth or community worker.

If you feel that a child you work with or know could benefit from Play Therapy or if you need further advice and support, please contact us. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

All of The Play Therapies Centre therapists are on the PTUK or BAAT approved register which is maintained by the Professional Standards Authority.

For our Court Directed Services please click here

For Professionals:

Professional Consultation & Advice- Many of our consultees have been in their social work/teaching/youth work for decades; and some are newer to the profession. Wherever you are in your journey, having a consultant that you can turn to is essential. Another professional who has walked this path can make an enormous difference in helping you deal with your thoughts and feelings when working with clients as well as uncertain moments in your work life.

I Feel Embarrassed That I Am Struggling. I’m Afraid of Being Judged If I Reach Out for Help.

You may feel vulnerable about consulting with another professional about your work. You may be worried about revealing some sense of inadequacy that you feel when a something didn’t go so well. Or, you may worry that you will be judged.

The great benefit of one-on-one consultation is that you can discuss things without exposing yourself in a group of other professionals. You don’t have to worry about what other profrssionals think about you or how they might judge you.

Understand that asking for help from another professional is a sign of strength, not weakness. These can take place on a one-off or regular basis.

Training & Workshops for professionals– see training section

For Children:

Child One to One Sessions

One to one counselling for children aged between 3 & adolescence.

Facilitated by our Play Therapist, sessions are held in our special play rooms which are equipped with a wide range of toys and creative materials.

Sessions take place on a weekly basis.

The number of sessions required depends on the nature and complexity of the presenting problems.

Child Group Session

These sessions can be very effective with siblings or with small groups (2-3) of children who share similar interests or life experiences.

This can help with their emotional and social development.

A very cost effective therapeutic technique.

Court Directed Work

Play Therapists can have a key role in supporting children who are involved with social services or the courts for a variety of reasons such as placement or custody determinations.

Whenever a court makes such a determination, it must weigh whether its decision will be in the “best interests” of the child.

Our Therapists can have a key role in assisting the courts to make this decision. We may carry out a child centred assessment to determine the thoughts, needs or wishes of the child in order to help legal professionals involved make an informed decision in a custody dispute.

Our Play Therapists also assist parents in resolving issues relating to parenting and other family issues arising from an order in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship. For example, where there has been significant parental conflict during separation/divorce where by the child’s emotional well being has been significantly affected or when a child is being prepared to move home after a period in care.”