How it Works

What is a Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play to help unravel and help resolve mixed up feelings in children and young adults.  Children with mixed up feelings can often exhibit disruptive and concerning behaviours and can cause distress to themselves as well as to those around them.

Who can attend Play Therapy?

Any child can attend play therapy.  As part of the relationship the child gains a greater understanding of themselves and the world they live in.  It helps make sense of their world.

How do I refer a child to Play Therapy?

Easy! Just click on ‘Contacts’ on the menu bar at the top of the page, or go to the contact form at the bottom of this page. Contact us with your details and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

The Play Therapy Process

We incorporate an intrinsic parallel process of supporting parents, carers and professionals to understand the dynamics of the play therapy process and place huge emphasis on supporting the child’s environment, where possible, to create the most optimal conditions for therapy and an enhanced way of life, both for the child and their family.

My Mission

My mission is to encourage the unique development and emotional growth of children through the process of play therapy, a dynamic interpersonal relationship between me and the child/young adult/teenager.

My Vision

My vision is to continually upskill and to provide the highest quality of therapeutic interventions to meet the individual nature of my clients needs.

Testimonials

Here are some nice things that people have said about us…
Maria was very supportive throughout the process.  We found she listened to all our worries and gave great advice in helping our teen daughter.  We’ve learnt new ourselves and our parenting skills than we thought when pur daughter started. My daughter absolutely loved her and trusted her completely.

 

Parents of a Teenager

Parents of a Teenager

We found Maria to be very helpful and knowledgable.  Whilst supporting or child, she was also very generous in helping us support our child. We would highly recommend Maria.
Mother of a 8 year old boy

Mother of a 8 year old boy

Maria was able to work with  a variety of issues across all age groups.  We found that the children found her easy to get on with and easy to trust.  We were delighted to have Maria here working with the school team.

 

School Principal

School Principal

Meet Maria

Maria Ryan

(MIAPTP, MIAHIP)

Hi, my name is Maria Ryan.
I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist who specialises in the use of play as a medium.
I qualified as a child and adolescent psychotherapist from the Children’s Therapy Centre, in Westmeath in 2008. This is Irelands leading training centre for play therapists and psychotherapists. Its co-founder and core trainer is Eileen Prendiville, author of contemporary books and chapters in the field of play therapy, co-founder and former directive of C.A.R.I.
I have since completed specialised training in Theraplay™ Training – Level 1 and working towards Theraplay™ Certification, sand tray therapy, trauma and group therapy.  I have a special interest in working with young adults and teenagers. I am passionate about the rights of children and having their voice heard and respected.
I work in private practice in north Dublin and I also work in school settings.
I work with children, young adults, teenagers and adults using a combined method of play, creative arts and talking therapy. I incorporate an intrinsic parallel process of supporting parents, carers and professionals to understand the dynamics of the play therapy process and place huge emphasis on supporting the child’s environment, where possible, to create the most optimal conditions for therapy and an enhanced way of life, both for the child and their family and potentially their surrounding networks.
I am accredited by IAPTP and IAHIP and engage in critical continuous professional development practices which support and enrich my practice. I take great care in developing the vital therapeutic relationship upon which all healing is based.
If you need to contact me, please do not hesitate to do on the contact link.

regards,
Maria

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Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play to help unravel and help resolve mixed up feelings in children and young adults.  Children with mixed up feelings can often exhibit disruptive and concerning behaviours and can cause distress to themselves as well as to those around them.

As adults we use discussion to get to explore our complex feelings.  As children operate at different developmental levels and play is present throughout all these stages, it can be more useful to use play to help explore their thoughts, feelings and problems.  Words can be useful, but when feelings become too big, too many and overwhelming, it can be very hard to find the words to explain this.  Play takes the pressure from trying to find the words and encourages the language that children use every day: play.

So, how is play therapy different from play? The difference is in the relationship between the therapist and the client.  This therapeutic relationship offers opportunities for healing and repair.  The play therapist is an informed container of the child’s therapeutic work providing a unique understanding of the childs inner world.

Any child can attend play therapy.  As part of the relationship the child gains a greater understanding of themselves and the world they live in.  It helps make sense of their world.

Children who attended play therapy, have also shown growth in areas such as self concept, self confidence, resiliency, problem solving skills, communication, concentration and self esteem.

Teenagers who have attended play therapy found the mixed method of talk and play beneficial, particularly in the stuck moments where the words don’t and can’t come out.

I have also worked with adults who requested the mixed method as mentioned above.  Sometimes, the words can’t be said and using art or creative means to access hard to reach emotions can be more gentle and healing at the same time.

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