About

Time to PlayNI: Process, Heal and Achieve

Time to PlayNI was created to provide support to Children and Adolescents across Northern Ireland. I have a passion for supporting all children from different cultures, social backgrounds, religions and beliefs. In all aspects of my services I have a non-judgemental approach to supporting the child and their family, regardless of their past or present circumstances.

As part of my therapeutic support to children, I provide an environment which supports the child to process their feelings or experiences, and to enable them to heal themselves through the method of Play. I support and guide the child to take the lead during their therapeutic journey to take control of their own play, in order for them to achieve their full potential.

In addition to my play therapy experience, I have supported and safeguarded children and their families in various different settings, such as the NSPCC Helpline, Children’s Residential homes and within schools providing pastoral support as a Year Leader.

I have both personal and professional experience in seeing the benefits from Play Therapy

From a personal experience, I have been able to see the phenomenal support that play therapy can bring to a child and a family.

A close family member of mine passed away over 10 years ago, her children were 3 and 5 years old at the time. When she passed, they were referred to Play Therapy.

The positive impacts that this experience provided to my family was outstanding! The children were able to process their loss and they were able to move forward positively.

This experience has been the reason that I have wanted to be a Play Therapist since I was 16 years old. It has fuelled my passion to provide children and families across Northern Ireland with an opportunity to process, heal and to achieve their goals through Play Therapy.

Say hello to Winnie, our therapy dog in training.

I am currently training my beautiful Newfoundland Winnie to join me in the playroom. She is a playful and energetic 18month old Newfie with the purest soul!

I truly believe that if the child chooses to have Winnie in the playroom, she will be an amazing supporter for them on their therapeutic journey.

Research has shown that having an animal in the therapy room can enable a child to learn further in areas such as empathy and responsibility for their behaviour and safety. (Kars4KidsParenting, Pet Therapy).

Qualifications & Certificates

I am a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills on the PTUK register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. CertificateNo: 16287. I am a member of PTUK. RegistrantNo: 201802598.

Undergraduate Degree from Northumbria University in Childhood Studies and Guidance and Counselling

Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

Diploma in Child Psychology

Certificate in Child Attachment

Certificate in Understanding Bereavement and Loss.

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