Our Specialist Play and Therapies team supports children, young people and families with child-led sessions that focus on individual needs; helping children communicate their emotions, manage anxiety and gain a sense of autonomy.

There are many reasons for a referral to this service including social, emotional, developmental and physical support.

Our therapy sessions are a confidential, safe space where children feel they are valued and respected. Sessions with our professionally-qualified and HCPC registered therapists last up to 45 minutes and are a time to talk and be heard.


Specialist play

Therapies: Vikki Kemspter specialist play therapistPlay is a vital aspect of a child’s life. Our Play Specialist, Vikki Kempster, advises on ways of playing that help with general development and offers support for children who are undergoing a stressful procedure or are worrying about their diagnosis.

Vikki also brings sensory play into her sessions, encouraging children to explore materials and build their fine motor skills and coordination. Children and young people process information through their senses and learn through exploration, giving them a better understanding of the world around them.


Music therapy

Music therapyOur Music Therapist Kirsty Ormston aims to provide children and young people with an improved sense of self and their relationship with others. Kirsty is trained to interpret physical and emotional cues and turn them into music which can be experienced together.

Often non-verbal, music therapy is able to be accessed by everyone, and can often seem less threatening than verbal therapy.

The sessions are used to support development goals, and help children process feelings, emotions and experiences. They may include free improvisation, games and familiar songs as well as songwriting.

Read more about Kirsty here and find out how music therapy works in practice in this case study.


Drama and movement therapy

Drama and movement therapy sessionOur Drama and Movement Therapist, Amy Keenan, uses a mixture of verbal and non-verbal creative tools to encourage exploration and expression of feelings and thoughts.

This specialised form of dramatherapy can support those with complex needs to experience personal growth and develop relationships with others. Sessions may include drama, improvisation, storytelling, play and movement.