Play Therapy is helpful for children who have had to deal with…

  • Family breakdown, separation or divorce
  • Issues of loss, such as illness or death of a loved one
  • Serious accidents
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Being hospitalised
  • Adopted or are in foster care
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual, physical, emotional and neglect abuse
  • Attachment difficulties

Play therapy can be an early intervention when children are first experiencing emotional difficulties. This can help prevent issues developing into mental health issues during adolescence and into adulthood. More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time. Kim-Cohen, J., Caspi, A., Moffitt, TE., et al (2003): Prior juvenile diagnoses in adults with mental disorder. Archives of general psychiatry, Vol 60, pp.709-717.

We work with children for a minimum of 12 sessions and depending on the nature of the referral and the child’s needs we are able to work with more complex cases on a long term basis, providing funding is available.

Whatever the reason for referral, our expectation and commitment is to work closely with professionals as part of meeting the best interest and needs of the child.

  • Optimum conditions for the child’s therapeutic journey
  • Regular and reliable attendance at sessions
  • Full engagement of parents/carers and professionals involved with the child
  • Commitment to attend meetings as required
  • Planned and clear decision making regarding funding in line with the child’s needs

How to Refer?

We welcome referrals from Social Care Teams, CAMHS/CYPS, GP’s, Primary and Secondary Schools and any other professional that works with children and families.

If you any questions about making a referral, please do not hesitate to call us to discuss the case. Alternatively, please complete the referral form with as much information as possible.

Next steps…..

Once a referral has been made, there may be a short wait, whilst we allocate the case to a play therapist. We will always keep you up to date and informed and we welcome regular communication from professionals.

Once an allocation has been made the play therapist will carry out an initial assessment, which helps us to determine the level of therapeutic need and ensure that we are the right service for the child. This will include:

  • A discussion with the refer and other relevant professionals
  • An initial meeting with the parent/carer which identifies hoped for outcomes.
  • An initial meeting with the child
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire completed by parent/carer, the school and anyone else involved

Following the initial assessment we will have a discussion with the referrer regarding the anticipated level of funding required to meet the child’s therapeutic needs. We ask for a commitment to a minimum of 12 play therapy sessions

At around week 7 session we will hold a review meeting to include the parent/carers and relevant professionals, so that therapeutic progress can be reviewed and the child can be thought about by everyone.  Once the play therapy sessions are concluded, an end meeting is arranged, which feeds into a final outcomes report which is shared with all relevant parties.

There is a comfortable waiting area for parents/carers with tea and coffee facilities and ample free parking at The Mews. There is an expectation that parent/carers will stay on site in the waiting room whilst their child is in therapy.


Please contact us to discuss the cost of our service.

Outreach in Schools

We currently provide outreach to five schools in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. This means that a play therapist goes out to school with a play therapy kit to see children on site on a weekly, rather than children coming to our therapy rooms in Mitcheldean.

There is limited capacity for this service but we are very happy to discuss your schools requirements with you.