Amy-Louise White MA, (Registered Play & Filial Therapist BAPT)
01604 903471 / 07584665694
I am an experienced, calm and friendly Play and Filial Therapist, and I've worked with children, young people and families for over 15 years in a variety of educational and social care settings. I also have a background in Special Needs in primary, secondary and special provisions.
I've mentored and provided therapeutic intervention for children through difficult experiences and times in their lives, specialising in:
- complex communication difficulties
I've also provided consultancy and advisory services to schools and social care services for several years.
I aim to create a safe, non-judgemental, caring, accepting, warm environment for children and young people to explore issues or worries that may be troubling them. My theoretical approach is non-directive and child centered, and I may use prescriptive and directive techniques if appropriate.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, using play as the main communication tool. Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways:
- Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.
- Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future.
- Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways. (BAPT 2015)
I have dedicated many years to my work with children and families, removing the barriers to children’s learning and development, assessing and implementing therapeutic interventions to enable children to thrive and reach their full potential, not only through Play Therapy and Filial Therapy but also through therapeutic group work, mentoring, tutoring, and coaching.
Where Play Therapy takes Place:
I am able to link in with schools, provide support at home or in one of our therapeutic rooms.
At Playing-It-Out, we accept self referral or referrals from parents/carers, professionals and agencies. We welcome enquiries and are happy to discuss and advise possible support that may be suitable to meet the needs of the individual or family without any obligation.
Areas typically covered include:
- Concentration difficulties
- Attachment issues
- Sexual and Physical abuse
- Eating issues
- Sleeping difficulties
- Low self-esteem/confidence
- Challenging behaviour
- Self harm
- Poor attainment
- Relationship difficulties.
Please feel free to give us a call for free impartial and confidential advice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Play Therapist (MA Play Therapy, University of Roehampton) who holds a full membership with The British Association of Play Therapists. I have a BA Hons degree in Creative and Expressive Therapy majoring on the Art Psychotherapy pathway. I am trained to offer a variety of interventions with children and families including the Solihull Approach, solution focused mentoring, Relax Kids, Protective behaviours, Family support, therapeutic groupwork, Play Therapy and Filial Therapy.
As well as working privately I have been based in a local primary school on a Designated Special Provision for children experiencing social emotional and behavioural difficulties for the last 7 years. During this time I have worked as a teacher providing alternative/creative curriculum for children who are under achieving in core subjects and well as practising as a Learning Mentor, Play Therapist, Assistant SENCO and Trainer.
I have experience of working in adult mental health, young parents supported living and the private education and care sector for children and adolescents with complex communication and learning difficulties.
I am able to attend professional meetings such as CAF, TAF, PEP, Core group meetings, child protection conferences and LAC reviews to name but a few.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Fees vary depending on the appropriate intervention
- Play Therapy £40-55 / hour
- Filial therapy £60 / hour
- Mentoring £30 / hour
- Tutoring £25-£30 / hour - depending on Key stage
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Sat 9-7pm Appointments available outside the normal school day or working hours.
Types of client