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I believe all children have the right to shine. In times of difficulty, play therapy can help a child to find their way.

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What is play therapy?

Play is children’s natural way of expressing themselves. Instead of talking through what is troubling them, if they prefer, children can use play to express their feelings and problems.

Play therapy is usually one-to-one sessions between the child and the therapist. The child has access to creative materials that can include:

  • Paint
  • Sandtray
  • Clay
  • Dressing up
  • Musical instruments
  • Puppets

I follow the non-directive model which means that the child decides what they want to play with and how they play.

Play therapy offers a safe and secure environment for children to work through issues that might be troubling them, at their own pace. Children play to make sense of their experiences, and they can use play to resolve unsolved problems from the past, to cope with present concerns, and to prepare themselves for the future. Play therapy provides time for a child to try out new ways of behaving, to learn more about their own feelings, to make sense of painful experiences and to build resilience.

Play therapy can help to alleviate emotional, social, behavioural and mental health problems.

Who am I?

My name is Madeleine Powell and I qualified as a Play Therapist in 2018. I am based in Suffolk and I am on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Prior to training as a play therapist I was a qualified teacher working in primary schools. I came across many children who needed extra support to help them fulfil their potential in life. Seeing the positive changes in children who had attended play therapy sessions was both inspiring and intriguing and led me to train as a play therapist. I believe that every child has within them the potential to shine and that play therapy can help them to achieve that.



I can offer a range of services within the school setting including:

  • Individual play therapy sessions
  • Group play therapy sessions
  • CPD for staff

Private clients

If you feel your child would benefit from play therapy, then please get in touch and I would be happy to discuss it with you. I have a play therapy room where your child could have sessions and I could also see your child at their school with the school's permission.