The Lighthouse Clinic
Play Therapy is a type of counselling for children which involves developing a bond and mutual respect with a child in the certainty that a child can solve their own problems with time and support.
Play therapy utilises a variety of play and creative mediums in a safe environment with a qualified therapist.
Play allows children to experience and understand feelings in a safe way.
Play is a child's natural form of expression and learning.
This work can also involve working with families, offering parenting support to parents, guardians and foster carers and advice on co-parenting for families going through a separation or divorce.
Art and play are intrinsically valuable as they promote all areas of development. They motivate, engage and stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, promote relationships and build confidence and self-esteem while also being enjoyable and fun.
There are a number of different versions of play therapy to deal with children's particular problems.
Play promotes healing and growth and helps children to achieve their potential in life or move towards empowerment and resolution.
Play provides an inner sense of competence and control. New decisions, actions and behaviours can be practiced.
Who Can Attend?
Play Therapy is suitable for children aged between 3 and 16. Adolescents can choose which creative materials they prefer, for example, art.
Play Therapy can help with the following issues and many more;
Attachment and Trauma, Anxiety, Behavioural Difficulties and School Related Issues, Grief and Loss, Abuse such as Physical, Emotional, Sexual and Neglect, Impact of Parental Separation, Impact of Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Bullying, Low Self Esteem, Sibling Rivalry, Family Illness, Sleep Problems, Attention Deficit Disorders, Asperger’s/Autism, etc.
Sorcha is an Accredited Play Therapist working in private practice with children and parents. Trained initially as a Social Worker she has 14 years experience of working therapeutically with children and families.
Sorcha maintains professional membership with Play Therapy Ireland who are affiliated with Play Therapy International. She is on the Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by Play Therapy UK and meets their standards on a yearly basis.
Sorcha holds a Masters in Social Work (NQSW) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy from Christchurch Canterbury University in the United Kingdom. Sorcha is also completing training in Clinical Supervision.
Sorcha has also worked supporting and advising parents/guardians/carers who find themselves facing new or challenging parenting situations.
Play Therapy can be helpful for children who are dealing with a change in their circumstances or are dealing with any of the above issues.
Sorcha's Qualifications include ;
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy with Christchurch Canterbury University.
Accredited Play Therapist and Member of Play Therapy Ireland and member of the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists http://www.playtherapyregister.org.uk
Degree in Social Science
Karen has 15 years’ experience as a practicing Psychotherapist and specialises in working with children of all ages through Play Therapy.
Karen's many qualifications include a Diploma in Child Psychotherapy, Diploma in Play Therapy and a Profesional Qualification in CBT.
Play Therapy involves developing a bond and mutual respect with a child, in the certainty that a child can solve their own problems with time and support. This work also involves working with families, offering parenting support to parents, guardians and foster careers and advice on co-parenting for families going through a separation or divorce.
Karen works therapeutically with children who may have experienced:
Children in care
Separation anxiety / attachment
Impact of parental separation
Karen is a Registered Psychotherapist with qualifications that include:
Training in Brief Solution Therapy.
ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)
Children's First Training.
National Certificate in Community Development
National Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Contact Karen @ (086) 3998749