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Elaine Hutchinson

About me

I am a child and adolescent therapist who supports children and young people, aged 3-18, (and some adults) to manage big feelings, stressful situations and other life challenges.

I work mostly through creative arts and play therapy but also through AutPlay, TraumaPlay and Emotional Logic Coaching.

I support children and young people who have PANDAS, Autism or an ASD diagnosis with AutPlay.

Orca, my therapy dog, works in my playroom too, if she's wanted by clients, supporting them with animal assisted therapy (AAT).

I support children and young people with a wide range of worries, concerns and problems, from anxiety, through behavioural concerns, PTSD, bereavement and trauma to physical and sexual abuse.

If you are wondering if therapy can support your child or teen, the answer is generally 'Yes!' but please feel free to get in contact for a commitment-free chat.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified child therapist and started working in clinical practice in 2018.  As well as supporting children and young people, I support their families and other key adults too. I also work in schools supporting students and providing training and support for staff.

Before that I was a primary, secondary and special needs teacher and I have over thirty years of experience working with children and their families.

Member organisations


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

Play Therapy UK

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


My standard session fee is £50 a session and I generally contract for an initial episode of 18 sessions, which includes two parent meetings - one at the very beginning and one at the end.

I work evenings and weekends as well as during the day.

I do have some subsidised places available, but there is a long waiting list for these.

I accept referrals from schools and the Adoption Support Fund. If your child has a EHCP then funding can be used to support them with therapy and I can bill the school directly once everything is agreed.

Further information

Please feel free to get in touch if you think I might be able to help you or someone you know. I'm always happy to chat.

Mendip Court
Upper Breach
South Horrington

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am currently working face to face and on Zoom. Please contact me to book a free initial telephone conversation.

Types of client

Young people


From November 2020, I will be offering clinical supervision for trainee and qualified therapists as a trainee supervisor.

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