Amy Skelton Certified Play Therapist (PTUK/MBACP) Therapeutic Practitoner
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Play Therapy UK
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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