Aran Byrne Play Therapist
Currently in private practice in South Co. Dublin.
With over 10 years experience of providing support to children I have worked in a variety of settings including a children’s hospice, primary schools, addiction support services (children affected by parental addiction) and a bereavement support service in a hospital setting. I started out working in the area of special needs in primary schools with children on the autistic spectrum. Here I developed strategies to help ease anxieties and fears for these children surrounding everyday life in a mainstream school environment.
MA Play Therapy
I then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Play Therapy in the Department of Psychology at Roehampton University in London. There I studied child development, attachment (child-parent dynamics) and developmental psychology as well as infant observation and assessment and child-centred Play Therapy techniques. This type of intervention has been recognised by family services throughout the world as a very successful form of therapy for children experiencing social, emotional and psychological difficulties.
In 2013 I completed training in Filial Therapy – which offers a slightly different approach to Play Therapy. Filial Therapy is instead done with the main caregiver(s) and is a way of helping parents and their children to reestablish positive bonds and clear communication. It also helps to facilitate safe and healthy expression within the child-parent relationship.