My Name is Andrea Smith and I am a Play therapist. I work with children aged 4 to 12 to help them express themselves in a safe, confidential environment. I aim for the children to build a trusting relationship with me so that they are able to show me what is bothering them and then we can work through these difficulties together. I have a private therapy room in Illingworth, Halifax and am also able to travel to a school to run the therapy there, if this is more appropriate for the child.
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is based on the way a child best learns and communicates - through play. Young children have not yet developed the language, or emotional maturity to be able to explain their feelings through words. Play therapy allows a child to express themselves in a way that comes naturally. It aims to help them understand their emotions and behaviour, feel better about themselves, and to develop their resilience.
My role as a therapist is to support and enable the child to explore their experiences through a safe, non-judgemental way. All information shared is confidential (unless someone is at risk of harm) to ensure a trusting relationship can be built.
What can I expect?
After your initial enquiry over the phone of via email, we will arrange a time for you to come for an initial assessment to discuss your needs for therapy, goals and to answer any questions you have. This initial meeting is usual conducted without the child present so that we can talk openly about your concerns.
If you decide to go ahead with the therapy we would arrange a regular time for me to meet with your child and then plan the best way for me to be introduced to your child.
There is no obligation after the assessment to go ahead with the play therapy, some people may change their minds or feel that this therapy is not right for them and that is fine. A child can also say no to therapy. In order for the therapy to be successful, the child needs to be ready and willing to engage in the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Certified Play Therapist with PTUK and have experience of working with children in mainstream schools as well as those with special educational needs.
My initial qualifications are as a primary teacher and I re-trained as a play therapist when I saw the need to support children with their mental health as well as their academic work.
I have worked with children who have learning difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and many more.
I also have experience in supporting children following adoption, bullying, family bereavement, abuse, accidents, anger/rage, anxiety and depression.
Please feel free to contact me or take a look at my website to see how I might be able to help.
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
I am available for appointments after 4pm most days. I have some availablility on Saturdays and may be able to travel to a child's school to provide the therapy.