Helen O Brien Play Therapist
My name is Helen O Brien. I hold a Higher Diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology, a Montessori Teaching Diploma and a Life and Executive Coaching Diploma.
I provide play therapy for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as bereavement, anxiety, anger, separation/divorce, bullying/bullied, self-esteem issues, trauma, learning difficulties.
I have a passion for empowering young children to tap into their innate wisdom and resilience, to overcome emotional challenges and trauma, and grow up to live healthy and fulfilling lives. I believe in a child centered approach where each child should be treated as an individual, that children communicate their feelings freely through play, and I strive to nurture child/parent relationships. Much of my work with parents/caregivers involves increasing their understanding of their child’s inner world and making sense of their child’s behaviours. During therapy, I work closely with the child’s family and any key services involved in the child’s life, to ensure continuity and consistency of care and support. My practical and non-judgemental approach has proven to be very effective and helpful for both parents and their families.
I receive referrals from a broad range of sources including family doctors, psychologists, family services, occupational and speech therapists, primary schools and child care educators.