Eva Nesbitt

Eva Nesbitt

19 Gore Road
E9 7HR

07702 217367

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19 Gore Road
E9 7HR

07702 217367

About me

Hi, I'm Eva!

I am a Child Centred Play and Filial Therapist registered through the British Association of Play Therapist's. My London based practice is accredited by the Professional Standards Agency. I am registered with the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) as a provider and I hold an enhanced DBS, professional insurance, and I'm clinically supervised by a BAPT approved supervisor.

Play therapy stems from the client centred (relational) approach of humanistic psychology which has its roots in attachment theory and child developmental psychology. Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps develop abstract thought to concrete learning by creating a space for children to act-out and practice the relationships that surround them. When children are particularity confused, worried or stressed by experiences they use play as a stage to understand it from. Within play, children can gain greater perspective of others thoughts, feelings and behaviours and help put their own experiences into words, by playing out different characters/ roles/ experiences repetitively, they can gain control and empowerment over them.

In play therapy children receive emotional support in a non-direct way by being provided with an opportunity to project their feelings through symbolic play. Play therapists are trained to interpret and manage feelings communicated in play behaviour. The therapeutic relationship and the therapist's use of self (unconditional positive regard, congruence, empathetic attunment) helps the child feel contained and truly free to express him or herself.

The therapist attunes to the child through the use of therapeutic mirroring; helping the child to distance themselves from issues and feel understood and accepted. This validation of emotion enables the therapist and the child to start processing things instead of the child being left to feel emotionally stuck, which can often impact behaviour in negative ways. Play therapy helps children relate and build a sense of connection of thoughts, feelings and behaviours helping them be more empowered and settled in themselves.

Filial Therapy is a therapeutic approach which incorporates family therapy and play therapy to help parents learn basic skills from play therapy to enhance relationships at home. Particularly used with adopted children to help adoptee's understand and build healthy attachments with their children.

I tailor my approach to the child's individual personality and experience; after a referral and initial assessment meeting, I work with children for up to two years on a consistent weekly basis. I am available for home visits throughout London as well as working out of a community centre practice in Victoria park village in Hackney.

A lot of my private work comes through the ASF as I work with a lot of adopted children and their families.

BSC, MA Play therapy, Filial therapy trained.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bachelor of Science degree (BSC) and a Masters (MA) in Play Therapy. Filial Therapy training

I completed my postgraduate MA over two years on a full time basis, the course incorporated one hundred hours of clinical practice with accompanied supervision and personal therapy.

I have spent the last twelve years working in an outreach capacity firstly with the street homeless and then within family interventions (FIP). Both client groups had multiple and complex needs surrounding problems such as; social and behavioural difficulties, unmet educational needs, mental health complications and substance misuse issues. It seemed the vast majority of adult clients carried with them some form of emotional trauma from childhood. I was required to empower clients to self actualise by being adaptable to client centred needs as well as being assertive; looking at the holistic needs of the multi agency and family system.

I had to be sensitive, empathetic and optimistic to both the family, individual and the professionals in such instances as social services involvement (CP & CIN), antisocial behaviour reports and eviction proceedings. I had to coordinate, negotiate advocate and be flexible to changing and revolving needs. The success of my work relied on my ability to believe and empower clients by forming and sustaining trusting relationships. Witnessing both the physical and emotional positive changes that occurred though relationship I was eager to specialise within a therapeutic modality to really help support the stems of these issues.

My clinical experience in Play therapy incorporates working within a school, a busy social services department and a community city "care farm" During which I worked with children struggling with a spectrum of support needs including: adoption, fostered autism, learning disabilities, bells palsy, gender dysmorphia, severe anxiety, identity and low self esteem issues, ambivalent and avoidant attachments styles, post traumatic stress, Issues associated with abuse, neglect, parental mental health and/or substance misuse, cultural identity issues of second generation immigrant children and classed with Special Educational Needs. I specialise in autism and attachment issues and am pursuing further training in animal assisted play therapy

My child centred approach is humanistic incorporating attachment and child development theories. I believe Play therapy provides children with the tools to communicate and process worries and negative experiences and within the therapeutic relationship helps make this communicate feel safe as it is heard in an accepting and containing environment. This helps children manage their behavioural and emotional incongruence providing an early intervention to long term emotional and behavioural issues.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working with adopted and looked after children with attachment issues. Can advise on funding options available through the Adoption Support Fund. I am a registered therapist with the ASF.


£60 per session (inclusive of travel, meetings & report/s).

Maps & Directions

Hackney, E9 7HR

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


9am-7pm Monday to Saturday

Types of client

Young people
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