Carole Samuels, Play Therapist B.A. (Hons)., CQSW., Dip Ply Thpy., MBAPT
Play Therapy is a wonderful tool for helping troubled children; it is both gentle and effective. Through play, children are able to release pent-up feelings such as anxiety, fear, aggression, insecurity, sadness and confusion. Bringing difficult feelings to the surface helps the child to manage them better. As a Play Therapist, my job is to support and guide children who are experiencing emotional difficulties so that they can express their feelings safely; this helps them to reach a resolution which is more hopeful, healthy and positive.
I am a fully-qualified and very experienced Play Therapist and have been able to use my skills to help many children. Whilst a large number have been referred for problems such as low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence, others have needed help to overcome adverse experiences such as loss, bereavement, trauma, neglect and abuse. I have also had considerable experience of working with children who have attachment difficulties, using Filial Therapy to help their relationships with parents to become healthier and more positive.
Some questions you might have about Play Therapy:-
How does Play Therapy work?
Play is the child’s natural medium for expression, communication, exploration and experimentation. Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; in Play Therapy, toys serve as words and play serves as their language. Play Therapy provides the child with an opportunity to play in a safe and supervised environment and to use a variety of play materials which encourage exploration and self-expression.
What happens in a Play Therapy session?:
Having created a playroom setting with lots of interesting toys and play equipment, I will spend 50 minutes each week with your child, allowing him or her to set the pace and agenda. I will respond sensitively and empathically to whatever your child brings to the session, enouraging them to explore issues which appear to be important to them. The environment created will be safe but permissive and will help your child gain a feeling of control. Usually, children leave the playroom feeling calm, happy and more confident and this experience helps them to cope better with the demands of everyday life.
How long will the sessions last?
Usually, children are seen for around 8 to 10 sessions. However, this of course depends on the type of problem which is being worked on.
How far will I, as a parent or carer, be involved?
The child’s parents or carers play a very important part in the success of any therapeutic work undertaken with the child. In view of this, I will wish to have regular contact and reviews with you so that, working together, we can enable your child to gain as much benefit as possible from Play Therapy.
If you would like some further information about Play Therapy and my services, please visit my website. I'm also very happy to answer any questions you have by email or in person, so please feel free to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
After having trained and worked as a social worker, I went on to train as a Play Therapist; I qualified at Roehampton University in 1996. Following this, I spent several years running a private Play Therapy practice for children referred for a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. More recently, I worked for over ten years in an NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team where I undertook Play Therapy and Filial Therapy, as well as general clinical work including mental health assessments of children and young people.
I am a fully qualified Play Therapist and a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists. I am also a qualified Play Therapy supervisor.
- B.A. (Hons) Sociology
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
- Diploma in Play Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have a particular interest in working with children who are struggling with issues around adoption.
Play Therapy: £50 per session
Consultation with carers and professionals: £50 per hour
Travelling time: £25 per hour
I am generally available to see child clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Provided there is a suitable room available for our use, sessions can take place in your home if this is what you and your child would prefer or else at your child's school (schools are usually very happy to accommodate Play Therapy sessions). I can also see your child in a playroom at my own premises.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
If you leave me a telephone or email message, I will endeavour to respond on the same day.
Types of client