Karen Hammond, Play Therapist, BAPT (Accred), MSc, BA (Hons)

Karen Hammond, Play Therapist, BAPT (Accred), MSc, BA (Hons)


07596 155637

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07596 155637

About me

I am a Child-Centred Play Therapist based in Norwich undertaking therapeutic work with children and families.

Qualifying with MSc Play Therapy, my practice is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), and adheres to the BAPT code of ethics and practice.

All therapeutic interventions are person-centred and tailored to best meet the needs of individual clients.

The services I provide are:

  • Child-Centred Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy
  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Parent / Carer Consultations
  • Presentations and workshops available for schools or organisations looking to find out more about Play Therapy; further details on request.

Areas I work with include, but are not limited to:

  • Attachment difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Divorce and separation
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Behavioural concerns

About Play Therapy:

Play Therapy helps 4-12 year olds to understand and explore feelings and events they may find troubling.

Play Therapy provides the child with a space where they can express themselves using the metaphor of play whilst within the safety of a therapeutic relationship.

The benefits of Play Therapy can include an increase in self-esteem, decreased levels of anxiety and improved relationships with family and friends. Play Therapy focuses on behavioural and emotional difficulties.

More details regarding Play Therapy can be found at the British Association of Play Therapists website: www.bapt.info

About Attachment-Based Family Therapy:

Attachment-Based Family Therapy is individually structured for each family, with activities focusing on helping children to engage with their parents/carers.  Children are supported to be able to accept care and nurture, as well as structure and boundaries, from their parents/carers.  Therapy sessions also enable children to experience success through developmentally appropriate challenges that encourage them to be more confident in their own abilities as they grow.

An initial meeting with parents/carers will look at family history and the reasons for coming for Attachment-Based Family Therapy.  This is followed by a family assessment in order to identify where strengths lie and any areas that your child might be having difficulty with.  A parent/carer meeting is then arranged to discuss the outcome of the assessment. We will then agree upon an individually tailored therapeutic intervention that is structured around areas highlighted in the family assessment.

Theraplay® principles and techniques inform my practice, the relationship between caregivers and children being central to every therapy session.

Theraplay® is a registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Evanston, IL, USA

About Therapeutic Life Story Work:

Therapeutic Life Story Work helps children and young people to process and gain a clearer understanding of their history.  Exploring events and the feelings associated with them that led a particular child or young person to where they are today.

Therapeutic Life Story Work ensures children have the opportunity to contribute to their own Life Story Book.  This book is co-created between the child and therapist to provide the child with a narrative of their lives.  This enables children to incorporate their own thoughts and feelings into their individual book, as well as at times challenging their own memories.

Therapeutic Life Story Work helps children to know where they come from, helping them to develop a sense of identity and improve their self-esteem.

Information comes from social services, as well as from current and previous families or carers.  This information is then used alongside the child’s own memories and thoughts in order to provide a developmentally appropriate narrative of the child’s life.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the suitability of Play Therapy for your child.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional registrations and memberships:

  • Registered member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
  • Member of The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

(The British Association of Play Therapists Register is Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority)


  • MSc Play Therapy, University of South Wales
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Signature Level One: British Sign Language
  • Level One Introductory Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method
  • Life Story Work and Life Story Books with Children who are Fostered and Adopted

I also ensure the following are kept up-to-date:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Professional Insurance
  • ICO Data Protection Registration
  • DBS certificate


I am committed to continued professional development to ensure my practice remains current, self-aware and informed by developments in theory or research.

I have completed a number of additional courses and workshops which focused on the following areas:

  • Bereavement
  • Neuro-Dramatic-Play
  • Trauma-related Dissociation
  • Mindfulness
  • Sensory Play
  • Working with children and their families
  • Play Therapy in a school setting
  • Exploring metaphors and symbols in dramatic play
  • Disability awareness


I work as an Integrative Play Therapist; Developmental, Attachment, Humanistic and Systemic theories inform my practice.

I have experience working alongside families to help children understand and process their feelings and experiences.

I work in both schools and in specialist therapeutic play rooms. I have experience working on a one-to-one basis with children and families, as well as running group sessions and offering consultations with parents/carers.


“My son had several sessions with Karen and I felt it benefited him greatly.  It provided him with time to have some personal space and spend time with Karen in a safe environment.

He enjoyed the time he spent with Karen and looked forward to returning on a weekly basis.

He never questioned why he was visiting Karen but just looked upon it as a time to have fun and have an opportunity to talk to someone outside of the family group.

I would highly recommend meeting with Karen and discussing how she could assist as she has been a great help to my son.”

"Karen is a very competent and friendly Play Therapist.

I have seen definite results and a great improvement in my child's behaviour.  He also seems happier overall."

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

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  • Art
  • Playroom
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  • BAPT and PSA Logos


Play Therapy fees are £60 per session, with a discounted rate for Initial Consultations.

Attachment Based Family Sessions and Therapeutic Life Story Work start from £65 per session.

Discounts are available if an organisation or school requests a full day of work.

Fees take into consideration:

  • Non-direct client hours; about 90 minutes work, including session analysis, record-keeping, planning, reporting to parents/carers and relevant professionals, setting up and clearing up time.
  • Maintaining the quality of playroom resources, replacing them as required.
  • Play Therapists are required to regularly attend supervision and training to ensure their ‘continued professional development’.

There are a number of organisations and charities that support the cost of accessing therapy, you may wish to explore this further.

More details are available on request.

Please contact Karen for more information or to arrange an Initial Consultation.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Session availability varies, please contact for more details.

Types of client

Young people
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