Tiptoes Child Therapy Services


"You are mistaken if you think we have to lower ourselves to communicate with children. On the contrary, we have to reach up to their feelings, stretch, stand on our tiptoes."

  Janusz Korczak 1925

"A hundred children, a hundred individuals who are people--not people-to-be, not people of tomorrow, but people now, right now--today."
Janusz Korczak

About Us

Tim Woodhouse - Director

SPI; TT, DT, AT and CT , MA NDPT, DipSW, PQSW, Fil. th. EMDR, ABE app.

Tim has worked with children and families since 1984 and specifically in the field of sexual harm (sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, children who sexually harm children and child sexual exploitation) since 1996. During that time his practice included clinical interventions as a child therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, lecturer, consultant and provider of clinical governance. He was a founder member of the NSPCC Hilton House attachment project and helped develop St. Mary's Children's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester. He is a BAPT registered Play Therapist and an HCPC registered, post qualified ABE approved Social Worker. He is also trained in Filial Therapy, EMDR and is a Certified advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. He undertool 7 years of his own process in Jungian Sandplay therapy and is currently undertaking Integrative sandplay therapy. Tim is a member of BAPT, EMDR Institute, BASW, HCPC, SPI and sat on the BAPT board of directors for five years where he held the position of vice chair.

A full CV is available on request

Kim Woodhouse - Team Manager

Social Science BA (Hons), DIPSW, PQ1, Foundation in Theraplay, MA in Play Therapy expected 2018.

Kim has extensive experience working with children and families since 1986 . She currently works part time as an Independent reviewing officer for a local authority. She has worked in the private, public and voluntary sector both as a social work manager and practitioner. Kim has worked as a Senior mental health practitioner for Children Looked After with a CAMHS service and is trained in Theraplay.
She has extensive assessment experience both in the court arena and in fostering services. She is an experienced trainer and has been a local safe guarding training co-ordinator. She has implemented training in safeguarding, child mental health, attachment and pre and post approval training for foster carers. She has also been a Fostering and Adoption panel member.

CV available on request.

Robyn Mitcham - Associate

BA (Hons), PGCE, DipNDPT.

Robyn has worked with Children and families since 2004 and is a registered member of BACP. She is a qualified teacher and qualified play therapist and has worked with children and young people in high school settings, supporting a variety of needs and difficulties. She has worked for several years with Looked After Children in education and social care settings. She has experience in completing direct work and life story work with children. Robyn has experience of working Therapeutically with children and families facing a range of complex difficulties including: attachment disorders, trauma, FAS, neglect, physical and sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, drug and alcohol misuse, parental mental health difficulties, premature birth and birth trauma, hallucinations, self-harm, eating disorders, bereavement, ADHD, ASD, issues around identity and gender, physical disability, anxiety and phobias. Her work has included facilitating attachment support groups for foster carers and school staff. Robyn has also trained child care professionals in attachment. She has provided support for school staff
and parents/carers around issues related to mental health and emotional wellbeing- creating individualised support packages for vulnerable children and young people. Robyn is experienced in multi agency working.

CV available on request

Clare Warland - Associate

Ian Baistow-Davies - Associate

Mike Winstanley - Associate

Lex Bagust - Associate

Ann Salter - Associate

Andy Stokes - Associate

BA (Hons) Primary SEN, PGCE, PGDipPT.

Andy is a qualified teacher and Certified Play and Creative Arts Therapist, accredited by the General Teaching Council and the Professional Standards Authority. He is a member of BACP, the Association of Sand-play Therapists, and the General Teaching Council.
Andy is an integrative play therapist who uses a range of approaches and assessment frameworks, including DDP. He has been working with children, young people, their families and youth professionals for the last 20 years. He has a background in education and teaching, with a specialism in SEN and attachment. He initially worked in outdoor education and then went on to qualify as a teacher. He worked in special education for a number of years and was the head of a residential school for looked after children in the Staffordshire moorlands, before him and his family became specialist foster carers 10 years ago.
Andy delivers attachment training and therapeutic parenting to Local authorities and the voluntary sector. He works with a wide range of children, young people, their families and the wider network of adults around the child, delivering training, small group supervision and support to schools, fostering agencies and fostering and adoption services.

CV available on request.

Masha Bennett - Associate

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