Deborah John

Deborah John

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About me

With over 20 years of experience working with children and young people in a professional role and as a mum of two, I understand the pressures of family life in this fast-paced, digital world. At Play Healing, I help busy, stressed-out parents manage tech in the home through play. I also help parents find deeper ways of connecting with children who have behavioural issues.

I specialise in the creative arts and play - the child's natural medium for self-expression and development. I understand child development and special needs including ADHD, ASD & attachment issues. I am passionate about empowering parents with the tools they need to foster healthy safe relationships with their children. A strong connection with your child helps to reduce anxiety and can help them to deal with an extensive variety of mental health conditions. Family coaching and creative arts therapy can be extremely supportive to those facing separation or recovering from a divorce. To find out more about some of the services I offer please visit or message me directly in full confidence.

I work in local schools as well as privately with off-street parking and waiting room. I’m relaxed, kind & understanding and love to see the impact Connection Sessions have on family members and their wider community. I also offer 1-1 Personal & Family Coaching when appropriate. When finding someone suitable to work with your child, it’s essential to make sure the therapist is fully supervised and keeping up to date with their training. I continue to do this to ensure I’m being the safest and most effective practitioner I can be.

I look forward to hearing from you for an informal chat with no obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 1st Class Hons BA Contemporary Popular Music
  • Post Grad Certificate in Therapeutic Play with PTUK
  • 20 Years in Education working with children from 0-16
  • Lead large community art and social action projects with teenagers and younger children.
  • Understand the importance of early intervention and the growth of the child's brain.
  • Theraplay Level 1 with the Theraplay Institute.
  • Safeguarding Training Updated every year.
  • GroBrain
  • Fully Supervised.
  • 6 Years of 1-1 Coaching.
  • Enhanced DBS Check

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Theraplay
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Creative Arts Mentoring

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  • Play Healing


Currently offering an initial session online or face-to-face for only £30 instead of £90.

Also a package of two further sessions for £85. See website for more details and call Debi for more details.

Maps & Directions

Melksham, SN12

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Ground floor offices with no steps.


Not available Fridays or Sundays.

Types of client

Young people