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When to refer a child for Play Therapy

A child can be referred to us by any professional involved with a child e.g. social worker, health visitor, CAMHS, teacher, youth and community worker.

If you feel that a child you work with, could benefit from Play Therapy or if you need further advice, please contact us. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

Possible reason’s for referral:

  • Difficulties reaching their full academic potential
  • Emotional problems; e.g. worry or sadness that seem excessive or concerning
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Significant life changes, e.g. family difficulties, separation, loss of a loved one
  • Past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
  • Difficult relationships
  • Nightmares or disturbed sleep
  • Situations of being excluded from school
  • Difficulties in the process of being adopted or fostered
  • Being bullied or bullying others

We offer both individual and group Play Therapy NI sessions.

How to make a referral

Referrals can be made by contacting our referrals co-ordinator. An electronic referral form via email will be sent, completed by the referrer (with parental/carer consent) and posted back.  Demand for our service does fluctuate, which will influence access to our service.

It all starts with a simple 1 hour consultation.

Being Gentle

Helping parents understand that accessing the support of Play Therapy for their child is a simple first step in making things better for them and their family.