Laura Kirkham - Accred. Play and Creative Arts Therapist BSc(hons) PGDip
Training to become a Play Therapist brought about many positive personal changes that I didn't even expect, and this is because the majority of my training was through experiencing Play and Creative Arts Therapy myself.
When we think about looking into counselling, the first thing to spring to mind might be traditional talking therapies. I know myself that this can be daunting; What will I talk about? How will it help? Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a different approach to counselling. There are different areas you can use during the sessions and different therapies to try; sand therapy, art therapy, music therapy... however you want to spend your time is up to you. As you progress through your sessions, we will reflect on how you spend your time, what you create, the symbols and themes the come up. The talking can lead from this, you may want to talk during the sessions also, or you may never wish to talk. It is entirely up to you. Play and Creative Arts Therapy can be incredibly powerful if you trust in the process, and I will truly listen and support you throughout. The focus is not about if you can draw or paint or create beautiful pieces, it's about your process along the way, working through things you may be finding difficult, discovering new inner strengths.
Play and Creative Arts Therapy is an exciting and alternative way of accessing counselling support. As the only qualified Play and Creative Arts Therapist on the Wirral, I know that this type of therapy can be difficult to find. I have therefore opened an office so that you can have control over your Therapy; we can work to find times that suit you, with no waiting lists. As soon as you are ready to start your journey, I will be there.
If you'd like to find out more, please give me a call and you can come down to the office so you can see for yourself!
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc(hons) 2.1 - The University of Manchester
- Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills - Distinction - Canterbury Christ Church University
- Diploma in Play Therapy - Distinction - Leeds Beckett University
- British Sign Language - Level 1 - Signature
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision - In progress - Leeds Beckett University
- Diploma in Mindfulness - In progress
Training through Wirral Borough Council
- Safeguarding Adults with Disabilities
- Life Story Work
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Human Trafficking
- The Court Process
- Parental Mental Health
- Substance Misuse
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Engaging with Resistant Families
I have gained a wide range of experience since qualifying, and am currently applying for accreditation to acknowledge this work. I have worked with children in mainstream and special schools for several years. I have also worked with a charity where I provided Play and Creative Arts Therapy for children who faced a range of difficulties, including those who have been victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. I also worked with adults who had faced similar difficulties when they were children, and those struggling with things like recent domestic violence, bereavement and substance misuse. Work has ranged from non-directive sessions where I have taken the lead from them, to structured Life Story work where we look at significant life events and the impact they had. If you have something specific in mind, we can explore it, or if you're not sure then we can just go with the flow! I have also completed valuable work with adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. Perhaps a unique element to my experience, I run a project in Romania where Therapy forms a large part of our work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Free initial consultation
£40 per 50 minute session
I am an Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist and adhere to the following safeguards; membership of PTUK, PSA register, insurance and regular Clinical Supervision.
Please note, Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a regulated profession, so if you are a looking for a Therapist, please make sure they are on the register and have the correct qualifications and memberships :)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday, evening and weekend sessions available
Supervision & training
Creative Supervision.View supervision profile