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BAPT registered Play Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

About me

What I can offer

I am a BAPT registered Play Therapist with 24 years of practice experience. I offer a variety of play therapy services in Cockenzie, East Lothian: Individual play therapy for children aged 3 - 12; Filial Therapy for parents and children together; parent conversations for parents and carers who need space to explore concerns about their children and find the first step forward; and supervision sessions for student & qualified play therapists, and professionals working with distressed children.

Where I am

I aim to offer a peaceful and safe space for both children and adults. My playroom is in Cockenzie House which is surrounded by gardens to explore, a cafe downstairs and a tiny beach nearby.  

Who play therapy can help

Play Therapy can be helpful for children aged 3-12 who are finding the world a challenge to negotiate and are not enjoying their relationships and experiences as much as they could. For children who have experienced a traumatic time in their lives, play can be a way to safely look at these experiences and find some mastery over the fear and anxiety they might have caused.

What is play therapy?

Play Therapy is a non-directive, child-centred approach which harnesses children’s natural instinct to play. Through play, children explore the world and develop the skills they have to interact with it. They develop social skills, emotional understanding, and build their confidence and self-esteem. They learn to regulate their feelings and make sense of what happens in their world. Play brings about growth and change in every child but is particularly helpful for children who are distressed or struggling. Play Therapists offer a therapeutic relationship which enables children to use the medium of play to express themselves when words might be hard to find and to find a way through the difficulties they are experiencing.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a play therapist in 1997 at Roehampton University in London.  I was trained in a child-centred, non-directive approach to play therapy which views children in the context of their families and wider communities, involving parents, carers and professionals surrounding a child in the support of that child.  I am trained in both Filial Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, both approaches which involve parents or carers in the therapy.  My training for Filial Therapy was through the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Centre with Rise Van Fleet and CPRT training with Roehampton University.

As a play therapist, I have worked for the past 24 years with children in primary schools, nurseries, residential schools, schools for children with additional needs and through charity organisations supporting children with a wide variety of experiences and challenges.
 
I have worked as a play therapy supervisor since 2002, training more recently in creative supervision techniques through BAPT.  

Member organisations

BAPT

British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)

The British Association of Play Therapists was founded in 1992 by a group of now respected practitioners who introduced and pioneered Play Therapy within Britain. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association of Play Therapists

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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British Association of Play Therapists

Therapies offered

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

  • Individual play therapy: £50 per session 
  • Filial Therapy: £50 per session
  • Clinical supervision: £40 per hour
  • Parent & carer conversations: £40 per session (1 hour)

When I work

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Working hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday

Cockenzie House & Gardens, 22A Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie, Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 0HY

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Families

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Please ask about any accessibility needs and I will help assess what will work for individuals. There is a lift in the building.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am able to offer clinical supervisor for student & qualified play therapists and offer support to professionals working with distressed children.

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