About Me

 

Hello! I’m Catherine

I have always had a strong urge to help others and during my time in sixth form I took on a placement within a special educational needs school which allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge around children with additional needs as well as children who have experienced trauma.

Following university I knew I wanted to work with children, specifically, those children who may have been unintentionally overlooked within a class of 30. I wanted to find a way to help these children and provide them with the extra support they need to flourish. Play therapy gave me the tools I needed for this.

I have trained with Play Therapy UK through APAC and Leeds Beckett University to achieve my Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and Diploma in Play Therapy. I work with clients on a regular basis and I have over 250 hours experience working with children of different severities from ages 4-11.

I am a certified play therapist regulated by the Professional Standards Authority and I can be found on the PTUK register.

 

My Approach

I work using a non-directive holistic approach where the sessions are child led. My approach provides a safe space for children to explore their inner thoughts and feelings without the added pressure of verbal communication. My role ensures your child has support during their time of deep processing and understanding emotions which may arise.

My Qualifications

  • BSc in Psychology
  • PGCERT in Therapeutic Play Skills
  • PGDIP in Play Therapy (Pending Qualification September 2019)
  • Fully Trained Relax Kids Coach

My Expertise

Ages 4-11

Holistic Approach

Non-Directive/Directive

Emotional Difficulties

Trauma

Building Confidence

Bullying

Bereavement

Building Self-esteem

Reducing Anxiety

Social Skills

Domestic Violence

"I have noticed an improvement with his behaviour at home and I am been very pleased with the Play Therapy sessions”

Parent of Child (2017)

"“Since attending sessions, [my student] is happier and smiles more often. She also appears more enthusiastic in all aspects of her work and play which has been a pleasure to see."

Class Teacher of Child (2017)

"[My student] has been attending Play Therapy since January. Since attending [he] has become calmer and more settled in class. He struggled with concentrating and staying focused on a task but this has improved which has had a positive impact on his learning."

Class Teacher of Child (2018)