Hello, I'm Angela.

After many years as a primary school teacher and mother, I trained to offer play therapy to children. I believe children's mental health and well-being is a priority. Neuroscientific research informs us of the powerful effects of play on the development of the brain, and its role in healing trauma.Helping children to regulate emotion and develop resilience is crucial to their ability to learn and to their future stability. Developing a therapeutic relationship through play is non-threatening and fun.

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              Angela Gillen

PG Diploma Play therapist.

Msc Special educational consultancy.

B.Ed hons Primary education.

Enhanced DBS .

PTUK registered

Clinically Supervised.

What is play therapy?

Play therapy is based on the practice and theories of Virginia Axline, the originator of non-directive play therapy.

In a safe child-centred environment, play therapy allows children going through a difficult time to express their feelings without the need for words. The playroom 'toolkit' has a vast array of creative materials and toys from which the child can choose. The child directs their own play. The therapist builds a warm, accepting, non-judgmental relationship with the child. By responding to the child's play in a reflective and empathetic way the therapist communicates to the child that their feelings are understood,this can help the child make connections between play and their reality.

In the playroom the child is in control - when their play touches on their reality they are in a safe place to build resilience. The therapist's role is to enable that exploration and 'hold' the safe place. Through the metaphor of play the child takes risks, finds solutions to problems and builds new neural pathways in the brain thus building  confidence in their own coping strategies.