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Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services
Play Therapy with Helplink is for children aged 3 to 10 years old and our Creative Therapy service is for young people aged 11 to 15 years old.
These forms of therapy allow children and young people the time and space to work out what may be troubling them and also to express their feelings through their most natural method of communication – PLAY.
In our Galway Play Therapy and Creative Therapy service appointments are 45 minutes long, they are non-directive and non-investigative in nature, whereby the child/young person leads the sessions and the therapist follows. The room holds the play/creative therapy ‘tool kit’ which includes sand, clay, puppets, role play, art materials, therapeutic stories, creative visualisations and music/movement. The aim is that when the child/young person feels comfortable they will begin to express the negative or difficult emotions through their actions, the therapist is able to track and observe what is happening and gently guide the child/young person when necessary. The therapist provides the space which allows the child/young person to play/be creative as they need to with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). All play/creative therapy sessions are confidential, details of the sessions shall only be disclosed in line with child protection procedures.
Who is this service for?: Any child over the age of 3 years can benefit from play therapy appointments as this type of therapy nurtures creative thinking, builds self-esteem, confidence, resilience and much more. Play therapy can be specifically used to support children with any emotional or behavioural difficulties, who have suffered bereavement/loss, suffering with anxiety or are having any family issues but to name a few referral reasons. Creative therapy is for older children aged 11 to 15 as above this service can assist these children across multiple areas. At this time appointments are only available in Galway City.
Our Play/Creative Therapist: Denise Gordon is graduate of NUI Galway and the Academy of Child and Play Psychotherapy. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Based Play Therapy (NFQ:Level 9), as well as this Denise has completed her Degree in Arts with Children Studies (NUIG). All of Denise’s work is guided by the Play Therapy International Framework and she is a member of Play Therapy Ireland. For more on Play Therapy Ireland, you can visit their Website at http://www.playtherapy.ie/. Furthermore, Denise is supervised, insured and Garda vetted.
Fee for appointment/s: If either parent is working the fee for one appointment is €65. It both parents (or if lone parent) are (is) unemployed one appointment is €45.
Contact: talk to us at (091) 759887 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out more of our information at www.helplink.ie.