Amanda Seyderhelm, BA, PG Dip Play Therapy, PTUK, PSA
I am an experienced Certified play therapist and, a member of the UK's leading accrediting body, Play Therapy UK. I have worked with Primary School aged children since 2011. I have been in private practice since 2015 in a warm and fully appointed play therapy centre in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I have a second therapeutic base in Derbyshire, where I treat children in schools 2 days a week. I am passionate about helping children create emotional resilience and treat children aged 4-12 years struggling with loss, bereavement and change, caused by anxiety, death of a loved one, separation or divorce. The play therapy kit I use during the sessions includes painting and drawing, musical instruments, sand and clay and therapeutic storytelling. I work closely with parents and teachers helping them understand how to support children at home and, within Schools to improve their emotional resilience. As the Creative Arts Team Leader at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, I helped outpatients cope with their anxieties through the creative arts. I remain a GOSH Ambassador. I welcome referrals from parents, practitioners, General Practitioners, SENs, teachers and local authorities. I am registered as a service provider of play therapy with local authorities in Rutland, Leicester, Wolverhampton and Rutland and, provide accredited CPD courses in childhood bereavement. I am CRUSE qualified to counsel children and young people through bereavement.
Author of Isaac and the Red Jumper for bereaved children and, Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Routledge, 2019).
For a child with mild to moderate emotional difficulties, I recommend 12 sessions of weekly play therapy. For issues around bereavement, I recommend 24 sessions. The basis of successful play therapy is the quality of trust and relationships that develops between the play therapist and the child.
To start the referral process: telephone me for a 15 minute call and describe your concerns. You can book this call on my web site using my online schedule. During this call I will arrange for you to see me for a parental assessment. This takes place without your child. If I believe I am the right play therapist, I will arrange to see your child and complete an assessment.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology (University of the Witwatersrand).
PG Diploma in Play Therapy (Leeds Beckett University).
PG Certificate in Systemic Approaches to treating individuals, families and organisations (The Tavistock).
PhD in the role of therapeutic storytelling and childhood bereavement at Leeds Beckett University.
3 years as a Play Therapist at The Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
3 years in private practice as a Play Therapist.
2 years as a leader of crafts and play at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
Privately funded play therapy
Before I see a child I complete a parental assessment prior to the child starting play therapy. I assess the child's strengths and difficulties at home and at School, paying attention to five areas: their level of hyperactivity, pro-social skills, conduct, emotional resilience and peer relationships. 1.5hrs. £150.00.
After the child has completed six sessions of play therapy, I invite the parents in for a parental review. I give parents feedback on the child's progress and advice about how to support their child at home. 1hr. £65.00.
Play therapy sessions with children and young people. 50 minutes per session. £85.00.
School assessments. These are optional depending on whether the child's behaviour is problematic in School. I meet with the head teacher and SEN to discuss ways of supporting the child at School and, complete a strengths and difficulties questionaire of the child's behaviour in School.
Report writing for Court, solicitors and Schools. £45.00.
School and local authority funded play therapy
I accept payment through the Pupil Premium for play therapy. A special day rate is available for me to see up to 6 children within a School environment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Tuesday 9.30am-6.30pm (Stamford). Thursday and Friday 9.30am-6.30pm (Derbyshire)
Types of client