Catherine Grice PGDip Play Therapy, RegPTUK, BA(Hons)Childhood & Youth Studies
The model of therapy I utilise is Non-directive Therapeutic play, this is a therapeutic approach which works well with children and young people as it allows them to communicate through their natural medium, play. Through therapeutic play, the client is able to identify, work through and resolve emotional conflicts. The client is able to build a trusting and therapeutic relationship with the therapist and express themselves using creative media such as puppets, art, music, sand, movement and role-play in a safe way. I aim to form a safe and warm therapeutic relationship and often work systemically taking into account all aspects of the child's life.
My approach is non-directive and child centred, utilising the core conditions of non-judgemental positive regard, empathy, congruence and acceptance. On occasions, where required, I have used more structured approaches, which have included taking a more directive approach employing, for instance, the use of structured games, worksheets and CBT techniques.
What is Play Therapy
Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques (the Play Therapy Tool-Kit) to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioural problems and/or are preventing children from realising their potential. I work integratively using a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, mostly responding to the child's wishes. This greater depth of skills and experience distinguishes the play therapist from those using therapeutic play skills.
Play therapy is a psycho-therapeutic approach used with children to help them process their feelings about difficult life experiences. A trained mental health professional, called a play therapist, works with a child to explore and resolve problems. Child and therapist work together in a counselling space called a playroom, which is equipped with specially chosen toys that encourage the safe expression of feelings and also support the development of healthier behaviour. Using Play and creativity allows a non-verbal way of processing past experiences or traumatic events in a safe, contained therapeutic environment. In childhood, play is a natural process of communication and a vital part of growth and development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 15 years experience working with children and young people, several years as a Childline counsellor, plus several years with a Midlands based charity as a therapist supporting children experiencing trauma from grief and loss. I currently work for a Cornish charity who support children linked to or experiencing abusive relationships. primarily children who have encountered domestic abuse.
I am a registered member of Play Therapy UK and BACP. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Childhood and Youth Studies and a Diploma (with distinction) in Play Therapy awarded by Play Therapy UK. I have up-to-date DBS Clearance and safeguarding training. In addition, I am fully insured for private practice.
Education / Academic qualifications
Solihull College – A Level Psychology
University of Lampeter – Certificate of interpersonal skills in the Voluntary sector (40 points with distinction)
Solihull College – Certificate in Counselling
Open University – Certificate in Humanities
Open University – Dipolma in Literature
Learning Curve – Counselling Children & Young People, comprises of 12 written assignments
Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: An Introduction
Module 2: Children in Context
Module 3: Child Development
Module 4: Theoretical Perspectives
Module 5: Developing Self-Awareness
Module 6: Working with Families
Module 7: Understanding Children’s Problems I
Module 8: Understanding Children’s Problems II
Module 9: Body Image and Eating Disorder
Module 10: Living with Violence
Module 11: Play Therapy
Module 12: Empowering the Young Client
(Completed Grade A achieved with distinction)
Open University - BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies (consisting of following modules)
- Working with Children & Families
- An introduction to humanities
- Approaching literature
- Children’s literature
- Research with Children & Young people
Play Therapy UK – Certificate in Play Therapy –
Play Therapy UK - Diploma in Play Therapy –
Post graduate Diploma in Play Therapy achieved with distinction
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
My fees vary according to the type of intervention and length of the session agreed upon (1:1, family and/or sibling group work etc.) but they range from £40-£60 a session.
The initial consultation and meeting is £30
My therapy room is situated in a tranquil setting overlooking fields in Launceston, Cornwall. I have a large fully equipped play therapy room.
In the first meeting, I will discuss your child's situation with you and what you would like from the sessions and will explain the way I work. It is very important that you choose the right counsellor and there is no obligation to continue after this session. If you do want to continue, I generally offer 6 initial sessions, followed by a review.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|