Aideen McCartney, Play Therapist, Reg. PTUK

Aideen McCartney, Play Therapist, Reg. PTUK

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About me

Based in South London, I offer play therapy for children and a range of bespoke coaching and support programmes for parents. Whether your child is experiencing a difficult time, or you’re struggling with challenging behaviour, I can help bring playfulness and peace back into the heart of your family.


Play therapy helps children who are struggling socially, emotionally or behaviourally

As adults, when we have worries or experience a tough time we usually use words to express ourselves and make sense of our situation. For children, it is often much easier to use the language of play.

Play therapy provides a safe and confidential place for children to work through their problems

Within the warm, trusting and accepting play therapy relationship children can feel free to play and express themselves in ways they might not be able to anywhere else.

The play therapy toolkit includes art, clay, music, sand tray, movement, therapeutic storytelling, puppets, drama and role-play.

Who can play therapy help?

Play therapy can help children who are experiencing a range of social or emotional difficulties, such as:​

  • Anxiety, stress or phobias
  • Parental & family separation
  • Friendship difficulties, bullying or being bullied
  • Low self-confidence
  • Mood swings or inappropriate emotional responses
  • Communication and behavioural delays or difficulties
  • Struggling to access learning or achieve academic potential
  • Bereavement, trauma & abuse
  • Looked-after and fostered children
  • Young carers

I am currently accepting referrals for private play therapy sessions in Brixton Hill, London


The most important thing to a parent is their relationship with their child

From bespoke, hands-on Super Nanny style parenting coaching, to facilitated family creative play and creative arts sessions, I offer a range of support programmes to parents aimed at improving parent-child relationships and encouraging co-operation, communication and playfulness.

My programs are flexible and designed to meet the needs of each individual family. I can work with families intensively in their home, offering practical hands-on support; I can do weekly coaching sessions with parents or I can deliver one-off creative workshops.

My goal throughout all programmes is to help parents feel more confident and to bring a sense of peace and playfulness into the heart of the family.

My full range of Playful Pathways Programmes are available to families throughout Central and South London or remote parent coaching is available via skype for families located elsewhere.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’m a certified Play Therapist and parenting coach working with children and families in Central and South London.

​Raised in Australia and New Zealand, over the past 10 years I’ve worked as a play therapist, teacher, nanny and children's theatre performer in Australia, South Korea and the UK.

I've always been passionate about the importance of play and creativity as part of a healthy childhood and my love for working with children has given me a wealth of diverse experience.

​My special interest is in helping parents to step into the world of their children and strengthening family relationships through creativity, curiosity and play.

​I've been a member of PTUK (Play Therapy UK) since 2012 and my details appear on the Professional Standards Authority register of Play Therapists. ​​I am DBS checked, hold professional liability insurance and attend regular clinical supervision.

My Qualifications...

  • PG Diploma of Play Therapy, PTUK & Leeds Beckett University
  • PG Certificate of Therapeutic Play Skills, PTUK & Canterbury Christchurch University
  • PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching, PTUK
  • Baby Bonding Practitioner, Big Toes Little Toes
  • Heart to Heart Practitioner, Big Toes Little Toes
  • Simplicity Parenting Care Professionals Course
  • Diploma in Infant Massage Instruction, Federation of Holistic Therapies
  • Bachelor's Degree, Drama, Queensland University of Technology

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Parenting
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Baby bonding
  • Filial Play Coaching

Therapies offered

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  • What is Play Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Playful Pathways Coaching
  • Play Therapy


I offer a no-obligation 30min phone or face-to-face (where possible) consultation free of charge.

Play Therapy sessions in Brixton Hill are charged at £65/session

My parenting coaching and support fees are based on the type, location and length of support you require.

Please contact me so I can give you an accurate quote, based on the needs of your family.

Maps & Directions

London, SW2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am currently offering Play Therapy in Brixton Hill. Parent coaching and support is available in person throughout Central and South London, or online on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Types of client

Young people