Mai O’Connor Play Therapist

Private practice ‘Immram Play Therapy’ at Dunkettle, Glanmire, Co.Cork
Phone: 087 9133361
E- mail: mai@immramplaytherapy.ie
Website: www.immramplaytherapy.ie

I invite you to visit my website, www.immramplaytherapy.ie , for visuals of the playroom. “I chose the name ‘Immram’ as it means ‘journey of self discovery’, which is the essence of the child’s therapeutic journey. The anchor symbolises the support and safety offered to the child in the play therapy room.”

I work with children experiencing
⦁ emotional and behavioural difficulties
⦁ anxiety
⦁ nightmares and disturbed sleep
⦁ impulsivity and anger
⦁ selective mutism
⦁ family disruptions
⦁ loss following parental separation or divorce
⦁ bereavement
⦁ attachment and relationship difficulties
⦁ serious ongoing illness of the child or family member
⦁ self-esteem and confidence issues
⦁ post traumatic stress issues
⦁ emotional stress arising from child protection issues

I work from a developmental perspective and provide play therapy for children and young people ranging in age from 3 – 14 years. My approach is child – centred, respecting the child or young person’s ability to make choices and problem solve, leading to control over their activities and interactions within the room.

The atmosphere of the playroom provides a safe place where the child is free to be as they want to be and play out his/her deepest feelings, desires or fears. The child sets the agenda in the playroom with his/her safety always paramount. Through my responses to the child’s actions or feelings, whether through play or discussion, the child grows in awareness and is facilitated in developing greater self-esteem. The child is supported to process difficult and painful feelings, in the safety of the play therapy room.

The child’s journey of self discovery within the playroom usually transfers to their everyday life outside the playroom, promoting healthy emotional and social development.

The child’s parent(s)/guardians are an integral part of the play therapy process. I work closely with them, facilitating the deeper understanding and support they provide to their child on their unique journey. A little about me…..

I graduated with a post graduate diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy from Cork Institute of Technology in 2016. My background is in education as a qualified primary school teacher, graduating from Mary Immaculate College in 1994. I worked in primary schools in both Limerick and Cork for ten years. I achieved a Masters in Education in UCC in 1998. I have a Diploma in Personal and Executive Life Coaching (2009) with the Irish Lifecoaching Institute and a foundation certificate in Counselling from the Martineau Education Centre in Birmingham, UK (2006). I also completed the Parent’s Plus Programme for the Early Years with Dr. John Sharry (Nov, 2016).

I regard one of my greatest achievements as being a mother to three wonderful children and consider it a privilege to travel their journeys of self discovery with them.