Our Services

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Initial parental consultation

This meeting provides the space and time to explore the challenges faced and complete the necessary paperwork. This meeting is entirely non-judgemental and Clíodhna works from an innate belief that no one will know this child as well as their parent so you will feel heard and respected.

In this meeting Clíodhna will gather the relevant background information and provide you with an insight into what happens in the playroom during sessions. The paperwork will be completed, and all questions will be addressed.

Both parents are encouraged to attend the parental meetings, separated parents will be offered individual meetings based on individual scenarios. Online meetings can be arranged where face to face meetings are not feasible.

Play Therapy sessions.

The initial contracting consists of 12 play therapy sessions, however on review it may be agreed that further sessions are necessary. Clíodhna works with children using an integrative holistic play therapy approach. This allows children to choose from the range of mediums in the room and through metaphor and play , explore themes most pertinent to them. This approach is used alongside more directive interventions when appropriate.

Play therapy sessions will take place at the same time each week to ensure consistency for the child. There is a waiting area available for parents outside the playroom and the sessions last 45 minutes.

Playroom Toolkit :  Sand, Art & crafts, music, clay, water, messy play, dress up/role play, creative visualisation. Storytelling, gameplay, dance & movement.

Parental review

This is very similar to the initial consultation but takes place at around week 6-8 of the therapy sessions. This meeting is to gain insight in the child’s progress and explore how best to further support the child moving forward. This can be face to face/ online.


Play therapy is an effective form of therapy for children aged 3-12 with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Communication/Social Skills
  • Changes in Family Structures
  • Trauma
  • Nightmares
  • Self-Esteem/Confidence

A time will be agreed with parents. Sessions take place at the same time, weekly.

Sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes

The number of sessions will vary depending on the circumstances. Generally we start with 12, with a review at week 6/7 to determine how best to move forward.

Yes, there is free parking available in Terryland Industrial Estate.

All parents/guardians are encouraged to be involved in the therapy process in attempt to maximize the support for the child. signed consent will need to be received by both parents. 

Of course there are circumstances where this is not always possible, please contact the therapist to discuss. 

The child will attend the therapy session with the play therapist. Parents are encouraged to stay nearby incase the child needs to finish the session early.