Karen O’Connor Play Therapist

Email karenoconnor80@gmail.com
Call 087 639 4441

BA (Psy) Hons, MA in Non-Directive Play Therapy.

Available for Private Practice:  practice address in Farranfore, Killarney (mid Kerry)

Easily accessible and central to all areas in Kerry, especially from Tralee, South Kerry, Castleisland,  East Kerry and also from  North Cork and West Cork.   

Karen has an honours degree in Honours Psychology, from U.C.C and completed her Masters in Non-Directive Play Therapy (2004) from University of York, UK.

Karen has extensive experiencing in working with children, adolescents, their families and  schools since 1998.  She started her professional career with the H.S.E in residential care, supporting adolescent young people at risk and also in working with young people and their families in an assessment unit.  In the past 14 years, she combined working in the area of child protection and welfare with training in Play Therapy and developing her own private practice.  She works from a developmental perspective and provides Play Therapy to both children and adolescents with a range of difficulties such as attachment issues, bereavement, anxiety, separation/divorce, self regulation and behavioural difficulties, ADHD and Autism.   

More recently, Karen has developed her play therapy practice to include the principles and practices of Theraplay and Filial Therapy.   Both programmes support parents to build better relationships with and become more confident in emotionally supporting their children, either through 1-3 sessions involving observations/ consultations or completing the whole programme.

Karen also has a special interest in working with children with Autism and children with disabilities, particularly in supporting their development of play skills and relationship skills.

She has also trained in the ‘Learning to Play’ programme.

Karen is a full member with IPTA and is also an approved IPTA supervisor.  She has supervised Play Therapy students from both the University of York and CIT, Cork .