Susan Barry Certified Play Therapist

Susan Barry      Certified Play Therapist

North Yorkshire

07817 531360

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North Yorkshire

07817 531360

About me

Is something upsetting or worrying your child?

Our feelings are importent; they are part of who we are. If we are not reasonably aware of our feelings and how they affect us, they will affect how we respond and interact with others and the world around us.

It is only natural for parents/carers to be concerned or feel powerless when their child is troubled causing them to be sad, rebellious, disruptive, disobedient or unable to cope. You may be concerned about your child’s learning, their relationships within school or home or their disturbed sleep. There are many reasons for a child to become unhappy. Your child may have suffered a trauma such as separation/divorce or separated from their parents/ carers.

I offer individual Play Therapy and Filial Play Coaching to children and their families.
I work directly with families to improve the emotional well-being of children, offering additional emotional support to children through difficult parts of their lives and to empower them to reach forward with confidence.

Why Play Therapy?

Our children can be faced with many types of challenges within their young lives that have a direct impact upon their feelings leaving them confused, frightened or anxious showing an inability to cope. Play therapy is a unique opportunity for children to explore their feelings and play out their worries and muddles safely with the therapist.

Individual Play therapy offers children a safe and non-threatening place to explore their feelings at their own pace and level of communication. Many children find it difficult to talk about their feelings. Play therapy helps children to manage muddled feelings or upsetting events that they have not had chance to make sense of.

What is Filial Play Coaching?

This is an attachment based programme where I work directly with parents/carers offering a unique opportunity for the them and their child  to reconnect and strengthen their relationship through play. This empowering programme enables the parent/carer and their child to grow together, have fun together and share positive and memorable moments together that will help a parent to feel good about playing with their child.

What does Filial Play Coaching involve?

Filial play work helps parents/carers and their child to reconnect, to communicate more effectively with one another and to reduce behavioural problems at home.

I aim to work directly with the parent offering mentoring sessions and enabling parents to hold special non-directive play sessions with their child. This is an opportunity for the parent and child to grow together, have fun together and share positive and memorable moments together that will help a parent to feel good about playing with their child.

Parents/carers who would benefit from the programme are those who have difficulty connecting/ playing with their child, feel that they need more help with their child's behaviour, have tried and succeeded with behavioural strategies in the past, but feel that they have stopped working.

The programme can be used to help children under the age of 3 years as well as children aged 3-11 years.

For more information please visit my website or contact me. I look forward to answering any questions you may have

Many thanks
Sue Barry

Training, qualifications & experience

My working background

My name is Sue Barry. I have worked with children in primary schools all of my working life having experienced a range of roles and responsibilities. I have worked as a primary school teacher driven to help those children who were struggling with low self-image/esteem and those finding it difficult to be themselves within their peer groups. I am particularly proud of the positive relationships that I build with children and parents/carers over my years as a teacher that have contributed to and enhanced children’s learning and self- esteem.

Working therapeutically with children and their families has been such a valuable working experience. For 2 years I have worked for The Bungalow Partnership based in Middlesbrough who's aim is to support children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. I gained many opportunities to practice play therapy and address and meet the emotional needs of variety of children. During my training and the first year of my certification, I worked directly for Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Middlesbrough as a play therapist to liaise with staff and outside agencies to develop the emotional growth of children within school.

My belief in the healing process of play therapy for children.

Play Therapy has, for the past 3 years, been an exciting and rewarding part of my life. l have demonstrated my commitment to the profession and have devoted time and effort to transferring my skills into watching children grow and fulfill their potential. I feel privileged to be involved in witnessing such positive changes for children and their families. I have such confidence and belief in the process of play therapy that my passion to offer therapeutic provision for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties has amplified.


I completed a BA (Hons) in Primary Education in 2008 before beginning my journey in play therapy. I completed a PG Certificate and then Diploma in play therapy in 2013 when I became a Certified Play Therapist registered with PTUK. I have continued my professional development, attending courses based on attachment, safeguarding, child protection and resilience and play therapy. I completed Filial Play Coach training in 2015, an attachment based programme to strengthen relationships between parent/carer and child.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

have poor emotional regulation
poor relationships with siblings
have displayed conflict with peers


Play Therapy Intervention Breakdown Costs

Initial assessment and meeting with parents/carers. (1 Hour £35)

One session is inclusive of 50 minutes of Play Therapy and a 10 minute write-up. (1 Hour £35)

Long term interventions will require mid-progress review meetings with parents/carers i.e. over 12 sessions. (1 Hour £35)

Final progress review meeting to be held with parents/carers.  (1 Hour £35)

Write-up of final report. (1 Hour £35)

The number of sessions required will be based on initial assessments made.

Example of the cost of a full intervention

12 sessions, initial meeting, final progress meeting and write- up of report would cost the total of £525.00

Further information

I have regular supervision with an approved PTUK Clinical Supervisor and fulfill 30 hours of continued professional development to maintain my PTUK registration.

Maps & Directions

Middlesbrough, TS9

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I am available between 9- 3pm, Monday- Friday

Types of client

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