Hello. My name is Emma…
I live in North Wales with my partner, our little boy and our crazy collie dog, Lola. I love to spend time with my family and when I’m not working, my hobbies and interests include off-road 4×4 driving, drawing, cooking, having adventures, walking, writing and travelling as much as I can. I hate cleaning, ironing, maths and boring stuff like that! I love to laugh a lot and am a bit of a practical joker.
Children and young people are precious. They are our future. Their emotional well-being is paramount if we want them to succeed, be happy and fulfil their potential. Therapeutic intervention, for children and young people who need it, is vital in ensuring that we as adults are doing the very best we can in enabling that they go on to grab life with both hands.
Emma King is a play and creative arts therapist who has extensive experience in working with children and young people with complex needs. She works with local authorities, schools, independent children’s homes and charitable organisations and accepts referrals from GP’s. She also takes on private clients (see parent info or contact Emma here). Emma can also offer therapy to adults who have difficulty with talking therapies (click here to make and enquiry or call Emma). Emma is a fluent Welsh speaker and can work with children and young people through Welsh or English.
Emma is an accredited member of PTUK (Play Therapy United Kingdom) and adheres to their Code of Ethics. Emma is registered on the Play Therapy UK’s Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Emma is fully insured and enhanced DBS checked.
Emma also uses her experience to act as a consultant to organisations working with children and young people with complex needs, helping them to best utilise their resources to enable children and young people to have the best possible outcomes. Emma can deliver a number of training courses that will enable front-line staff to better understand the issues involved when working with children and young people who have complex needs.
Emma began her working life as a youth worker, working with socially disadvantaged young people in coastal and rural North Wales. In 2006 she gained a HND Diploma in Youth and Community Studies, and during her time as a youth worker was involved with three projects which won Youth Work in Wales Excellence Awards in 2002, 2003 and 2005 for innovative work in the field.
Emma then worked as a Project Development Officer, working with young parents to develop their confidence and help them move forwards in life. Following this Emma worked as a Children’s Complaints Officer as part of a multi-agency project to promote the rights of children and young people using local authority services and to ensure their voices were heard.
Emma was inspired by the advocacy element to this role, and as a result worked part-time for five years, alongside her day-to-day employment, as an Advocate, Residential Visiting Advocate and Independent Visitor for children and young people who were looked after by the local authority.
Emma began working in the drugs and alcohol field and training as a play and creative arts therapist in 2009. Since then she has worked with many children and young people and helped them to achieve huge changes. Since then she has completed lots of post-graduate training including the recent completion of a research Master’s Degree (click here to read it). Emma’s research is titled Playing with Fire looks at how to work with young people with complex needs who misuse substances.
For more info about Emma’s qualifications please see CV.
Emma’s Approach to Therapy…
To enable her clients to get the most out of therapy, Emma uses an integrative approach. Emma predominantly uses play and creative arts therapies with elements of solution focussed therapy, relaxation and mindfulness-based approaches. Emma is also able to work on risk-taking behaviours such as drug and alcohol misuse with young people.
Integrative approaches, which aim to multiply the benefits of different approaches, are becoming more common. We as therapists are beginning to realise that children and young people do not fit into categories or boxes. Their needs are all individual. Following a thorough assessment, Emma devises an intervention plan which fully takes into account the wishes of the child or young person, and the input from the adults which know them best. This plan is regularly reviewed to ensure that the child or young person is receiving the right help at the right time, in an approach that suits their needs and wishes.
Emma is an approachable therapist who understands the very real fear of ‘going for therapy’. She promotes laughter and humour in all the work that she does with children, young people and adults. She promotes creativity, self-advocacy and healing and believes that absolutely everyone has the inner capacity for change and progress.