“Watching the gradual emotional decline of one’s adolescent child has been one of the most heart-wrenching, confusing and lonely experiences of parenthood. Even with the support of family and friends, and after referral to CAMHS, the problem continued to spiral beyond our control. I can remember the exact moment that things began to turn around, when I saw my son smiling to himself; his face lost its haunted look for a moment. This incident followed his first few sessions of play therapy with Emma. The smiles and humour that had always been such a part of his personality began to resurface, and over the following months therapy has helped him. and I feel confident that therapy has helped him to find the path to a long and slow, but a full recovery. For us this option has definitely been successful.” Parent of C, aged 15
“We were hoping that play therapy would help the child understand themselves better and develop their emotions and how to manage them. We have seen lots of positive changes in these areas.. I think the way Emma has worked through the intervention suited the child perfectly, allowing her to develop her own feelings about who she is.” Teacher, Primary School, Cheshire
“Thanks Emma. I didn’t trust you to start with, didn’t want therapy. Glad I did now because I was really going off the rails. I’ve learnt to respect myself and my family. That’s a real difference..” Client, aged 17
“Emma has been working with our school for the last 2 years and her expertise has proved invaluable. The play therapy that Emma delivers is fantastic and we can see how much it supports the children and benefits us as a school. The knowledge and experience Emma has is so important as we don’t have staff that have the skills and qualifications we need to help some of the most in need children. Emma’s attitude and professionalism are second to none and the children are instantly drawn to her warm nature. Having access to a play therapist, especially one as brilliant as Emma, should be necessary in every school. We know how lucky we are to have her and we couldn’t recommend Emma more highly.” Principal and Learning Mentor, Boughton Heath Academy, Cheshire.
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. Read more about me here.
The primary communication tools used in play therapy are games, sand, puppets, art, clay, drama and music. Spoken language is also used but is seen as the secondary method of communication, therefore this method of working is ideal for children and young people who may have a developmental delay, a learning difficulty/disability, a speech or communication disorder or those who may be too traumatised to verbalise their experiences.
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” -Leo Buscaglia
“Wow! It’s the first thing he’s engaged in. Brilliant, he must have had a lightbulb moment! Thank you for your help Emma.” Colleague, Flintshire Youth Justice Service.
“You’ve done a good job there. She’s certainly better than she was. I don’t know how you do it but keep doing it please!” Head Teacher, Emotional and Behavioural Unit, Flintshire.
“You’re just someone to talk to – you’ve really, really helped me. I was in a terrible state before using loads of drugs, not sleeping. You’re straight talking and I like that. Thanks Emma.” C, female, aged 17.
“L has been good for months now. She isn’t drinking anymore and is much happier. She’s actually going to college and doing stuff now. Thank you Emma.” Text message from mother of client.
Emma understands that seeing your child suffer can be an absolute nightmare. Trying to get help can be frustrating and disappointing. Emma offers a consultation service for parents too, where you can talk about your feelings about what’s going on for your child. Having this ‘dumping ground’ for your feelings can help you to feel better too, and can help you be less emotional and more logical when having to deal with these issues. Although this is a confidential service for clients, parents and carers will be kept involved in the process and will at any time be welcome to speak to Emma. Emma can also help you to think about what you can do at home to help your child. You are more than welcome to give me a call or make an enquiry on this page if you wish to discuss your child and whether therapy would be Read More …
Emma has worked with lots of teenagers and understands that probably the last thing you want to do is come for therapy. What is therapy anyway? Is Emma a ‘shrink’? Uh, Nope. Emma is a friendly face who can help you solve a few problems. If you want. And that’s the key thing here, you are in charge. You don’t have to come, you don’t have to stay and if you do, well you’re in charge of what we do or speak about. You are the expert of your own life, not me. But I might be able to help you see at things a bit differently. You might get a chance to chill out in a safe space and mess about with clay or paint. Maybe. Or maybe I am a big scary therapist who is going to ask you how you feel every 2 minutes. Not! Read More …
“Yeah, thanks. I’m better now. Not drinking any more or being stupid in town. I like you and everything but I don’t need to see you now!” D, female, aged 15.