Aileen is a Certified Play Therapist

Previous experience:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Special Needs Coordinator
  • Play Therapy Individual Sessions
  • Play Therapy Group Sessions

Qualifications to date:

  • BSc Sports and Exercise Science
  • MSc Applied Child Psychology
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Play
  • Diploma in Play Therapy (Distinction)

How did your interest in child care start?

I have always been interested in caring for children and I knew that when I was to get my first job, it was always going to be working in a nursery setting.

Where did your career start working with children?

I started as a nursery practitioner working with children aged between 6 months to 4 years and worked in the same setting for 8 years. I progressed to become the nursery SENCo during my time there and thoroughly enjoyed this role. I knew then that I wanted to be able to support children with difficulties myself rather than referring them onto other professionals and therefore qualified as a play therapist.

What settings/abilities/disabilities have you worked in and with?

I mainly work in nursery’s and schools and in these settings, I work 1-1 and in small groups with children displaying various abilities and difficulties. Examples of these are difficulties in low self-esteem, confidence, behaviour, attachments, anxiety and social difficulties to name a few. I believe there is no child that cannot benefit from a form of play therapy.

What governing body are you associated with?

I am governed by Play Therapy United Kingdom – PTUK and adhere to their ethical framework and safeguarding guidelines.

What is your specific area of interest/favourite area of the tool-kit?

I have a specific interest in the sand and the way children use the miniatures to play out their feelings and unconscious thoughts. I find it fascinating how a child can get fully immersed in the metaphorical world of play within the safety of a confined sand tray space.