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What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a one-to-one therapy for children aged 4-12. In the sessions children aren't required to use words to describe what is troubling them, but are given space to express their thoughts, emotions and worries through play and creative activities. This enables them to approach their difficult thoughts and emotions at their own pace and at a safe emotional distance. 

The play therapist works alongside the child, to build up a safe emotional space for the child and supports them to reflect on their thoughts and emotions. This is done through the play activities, working with the child's conscious and unconscious feelings. The play therapist will have regular meetings with the parents throughout the course of therapy to review how the child is responding in and outside of the therapy sessions. 

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Meet the team

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Veron
Thomas

BAPT registered Play Therapist

BAPT registered Play Therapist (MSc) | BA Hons Education Studies |Foundation Degree Early Years Education | NNEB |

Veron has worked with young children and their parents/carers in Bristol since 1987. 

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Megan
Watson

Play Therapist

 Certified Play Therapist (PTUK) | Parent Child Attachment Play (PCAP)  Licensed Practitioner

PGCE Primary Education

Megan has worked with children since 2012

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Andrea
Carey

BAPT registered Play Therapist

BAPT registered Play Therapist (MSc) |BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies | NNEB |Andrea has been working with Families since 1993

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Beth
Cawte

BAPT registered Play Therapist

BAPT registered Play Therapist (MSc)

BSc Hons Psychology

PGCE with SEN/D specialism

Beth has been working with children since 2012.

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What can we offer?

Once we have received your referral we will acknowledge this and make further contact when a therapist is available. We will then meet with the parents for an initial intake meeting to explore what has been troubling the child.

One course of play therapy for a child includes: 

  • An initial intake meeting with the parents

  • 3 assessment for play therapy sessions with the child

  • 13 play therapy sessions with the child

  • 3 parent/carer review meetings.

 

Please enquire for session costs. 

When we have available funding, we offer subsidised sessions for those who need it.

Where are we based?

We have a play therapy room set up at St Anne's House in Brislington, which is part of a new community project. 

There is plenty of parking and space for you to wait during your child's session. 

https://www.bricksbristol.org/projects/st-annes/

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