Tiptoes Child Therapy Services

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation".


Play Therapy

Play therapy is a developmentally sensitive intervention. It is ideally suited to children aged between 3 and 14 years old, but has been effectively used by both slightly younger and older children dependent on their development, temperament and individual circumstances.

We specialise in providing play therapy services to children who have experienced

"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child's soul."
Friedrich Froebel

Play Therapy Structure

Play Therapy can progress after an assessment of therapeutic need has established this is the right intervention for the child and legal consents have been received. The intervention is an eight-phased process;

* Phase One - Information Gathering
* Phase Two - Development of Psychodynamic formulation and hypotheses
* Phase Three - Preparation of parent/carer, agreement and consent at parent/carers home. Review hypotheses
* Phase Four - Engagement, rapport building and basic agreement with the child at child's home. Review hypotheses
* Phase Five - Assessment sessions at this point if appropriate.
* Phase Six - Play therapy sessions in blocks of eight weekly sessions in the playroom
* Phase Seven - Review and review of hypotheses (further blocks of 8 and review until closure)
* Phase eight - Ending, closure and evaluation

Whilst the initial meetings with the Parent/ carer and the child are at their respective homes, the play therapy itself will be conducted in an appropriate therapeutic space.

The sessions are undertaken at the same time, on the same day at the same venue, in the same room, for the same period of time until the intervention is complete.

A parent/carer or professional must bring the child and the best attempts must be made for it to be the same person. We expect the child's escort to remain in the building until the session has ended. We will not see unaccompanied children or children sent alone in a taxi.


There are a number of contra-indications to play therapy; circumstances where interventions should not take place. These include;

  • Where the child is currently at risk of harm or abuse.
  • Where the child is in a chaotic environment.
  • Where the child is in a situation where imminent transition or change is about to occur (However, play therapy can help bridge placements if the therapist has enough time to develop a therapeutic alliance with the child).