Certified Play Therapist (PTUK/MBACP) Therapeutic Practitoner
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Hello, my name is Amy Skelton, a Certified Play Therapist with extensive experience working with children and young people. I am an Integrative Play therapist helping children overcome difficult experiences or perhaps deal with on going issues, including anxiety, fear, attachment, trauma, self esteem, confidence and other behavioural or emotional difficulties.
Using play as the medium of communication my aim is to build a successful therapeutic relationship with the child and seek ways in which they can overcome their difficulties in a non-threatening and reassuring environment.
I respect that each child is unique and their life experiences will be individual which is why I offer an Integrative approach to therapy. This means I employ targeted theoretical models to best suit the child and their therapeutic needs. I also offer support to families and schools as part of my systemic method of working as I feel this plays an integral part of the child's on going success.
In addition to these services I am a registered Parent-Child Attachment Play practitioner and offer a programme to support parents in building relationships with their children as well as improving behaviour.
I also provide consultation and advise for staff on how to support children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Child Development and Education
- Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
- Diploma in Play Therapy
- Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Parent, child, Attachment and Play
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Conduct difficulties
- Attention and concentration
- Working and Supporting Children with Specific Learning Needs
- Drawing and Talking
- Working with children and families accessing targeted Social Service Support
- I work closely with designated safeguarding leads
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
Play Therapy UK is the largest organisation governing therapeutic play and play therapy in the United Kingdom. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me regarding fee's, thank you.
When I work
Available for telephone calls
I am an Independent Play Therapist, available to travel to specific locations such as schools and childrens centres, this enables me to work and support children in environments which are familiar to them. This also is helpful when schools and families struggle with travel whether this be financial or logistical reasons.
When a referral is made we can arrange a meeting whereby you can meet with me and we can discuss Play Therapy in further detail. If this is difficult we can arrange a telephone interview.
All clinical work is overseen regularly with a registered Supervisor, in line with PTUK's ethical framework and principles.
I abide by the legal and ethical framework set out by PTUK.
I have an Enhanced DBS
I hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance
I regularly undertake training in safe guarding and child protection
I regularly undertake CPD