I'm Mandy O'Mahony, a Certified Play & Creative Arts Therapist with a huge passion for therapeutic work.
I have over 10 years experience of working therapeutically with both adults and children.
I offer you a welcoming, homely, private and confidential space where you can come and explore past and present difficulties, take time out to nurture yourself and discover your own unique strengths and allow your true self to shine.
How I Work
I offer a holistic, individually tailored approach which allows you to express yourself through creativity,using your choice of sand, clay, art and craft materials, and also talking if you want to, with absolutely no pressure or expectation. Guided meditation,mandala drawing, breathing and mindfulness techniques can also be included at your choice.
Sometimes words are not enough whereas a picture can paint a thousand words. If you feeling anxious, stressed, or lacking in self confidence or are facing problems in your relationships or at work, counselling and therapy can be really helpful.
No artistic ability or previous experience is required.
Sandplay therapy works mainly with the unconscious mind, there is no right or wrong way to work.It is a creative approach to therapy that is not dependant on words. People find they are able to reconnect with their inner selves, express deep feelings in a supportive way and move forward in life when they feel they have become stuck. It is a form of therapy that gives you a gentle, safe way to explore feelings and experiences which are often inaccessible and/or difficult to express in words.When using minatures to make a sandtray you will find you are instinctively drawn to some figures and you will feel what is right for you even if you don't know why. It also enables clients who do not have the words for or prefer not to directly talk about their feelings to access therapy.
I have extensive experience in working with children in therapy. I have worked with children with complex additional needs, and those who are struggling with anxiety, low self esteem, anger management or have experienced a traumatic event.
Play therapy helps children to explore their emotional issues and sometimes traumatic experiences in a non-threatening, safe-environment. Adults often seek counselling as a way of exploring difficult feelings and events through talking, but a child's natural form of communication is through play.Through the counselling/play therapy process children create play that resembles the emotional experiences they are struggling with internally. These experiences usually cannot be expressed verbally, however, through counselling/play they can begin to express themselves.
Further information on both Sand Play and Play therapy can be found on my website using the link above.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Play Therapy (PTUK)
- P.G. Cert in Counselling & Guidance Skills
- M.A. in Education
- Diploma in Child Development
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Family Links Parenting Group facilitator
- Additional training & experience using Jungian Sandplay Therapy
- Over 10 Years experience working within a Family Support Service including working with bereavement, domestic abuse,relationship difficulties, bonding and attachment difficulties,childhood trauma, relationship difficulties,post natal depression, autism, debt management, stress and anxiety and learning disabilities.
Please see website for further details
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
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I offer a free, no obligation 30 min initial consultation and have flexible appointment times including early mornings and evenings.
Individual private sessions (adults) are from £25 per hour.
Play Therapy for individual child from £25 per 45 min session
Parent/Child or Sibling group Therapy - please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible inc early mornings & evenings
Types of client