​Services

We offer a variety of therapy services for children and families. Our team are qualified to work with all age ranges, this allows them to adjust many of the interventions to suit adults as well as children.


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Criteria

To remain 'free at the point of access', we only accept referrals from professionals whose organisations are able to support using spot-purchasing or other forms of commissioning.
 
Adults in need of support can contact us without a professional referral and we will accept direct payments in these instances.

​Children First Policy

We operate on a 'Children first' system. This means that when capacity is limited and deciding between a child or adult referral, the child will come first. 

​Meet the team

Our therapists are registered under various professional bodies:

  • bacp - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • badth - British Association of Dramatherapists
  • BAPT - British Association of Play Therapists
  • BASW - British Association of Social Workers
  • HCPC - Health & Care Professions Council
  • Lisa Shepard Lisa Shepard

    ​Lisa is a registered Dramatherapist and Foundational Theraply Practitioner.

    Interventions offered

    Dramatherapy, Therapy, Creative Arts Projects, Activities with Therapeutic Aims.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • B.A. (Hons) Drama and theatre arts
    • MA Dramatherapy
    • NVQ in health and social care
    • Post graduate certificate in accredited practice
    • HCPC reg.

    Experience

    •  Over 10 years working with children and young people within education, health and social care services.
    • Wealth of knowledge supporting children and young people with special educational needs, attachment difficulties, trauma, loss and challenging behavious.
    • Worked across the UK and internationally delivering creative and therapeutic projects with children and young people.
    • Worked extensively as a Dramatherapist in mainstream and special schools.
    • Undertaken individual Theraplay with families.
  • Susanna Coventry Susanna Coventry

    ​Susanna is an experienced Educational Psychologist. She is an accredited supervisor with the the Association of Video Interaction Guidance (AVIG UK) and provides supervision to members of the team.

    Interventions offered

    • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
    • Video Interaction Guidance supervision
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Solution Focused Coaching

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • Accredited VIG Guider and Supervisor
    • Educational Psychologist
    • HPCP reg.

    Experience

    • Joined Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service in 2005, having previously worked as an EP in two other local authorities.
    • Member of the VIG team in Northamptonshire from initial training 2007 to 2018, delivering VIG to families, training to practitioners and researching outcomes.
    • Accreditation as a VIG Guider 2008
    • Accreditation as a VIG supervisor 2018
    • Publication: 'Video Interaction Guidance: Its relevance for Educational Psychologists', Division of Educational and Child Psychology Debate, 134. (2010)
  • Lynn Earley Lynn Earley

    Lynn is a Social Worker and Foundational Theraplay Practitioner.

    Interventions offered

    Theraplay, Foster to Adopt programme, Moving on Through Play.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • BSc (Hons)
    • BASW and HCPC reg.

    Experience

    • 18 years of working with children, initially through a child protection role working with the families and children, and latterly within adoption.
    • Working with adopters in preparing them for their adoption journey and having a child move into their family.
    • Training adopters in developing their understanding of the impacts of abuse on a child, Friends and Family training, sibling training and the foster to adopt.
    • In the last 2 years Lynn has worked with children one-to-one within Theraplay, providing a nurture group for adopted children aged 6 to 8 years, and running a 'Moving on Through Play' group for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.
    • Development of a programme with another Theraplay Practitioner to move children from foster care to adoption using Theraplay Informed Parenting.
    • A Practice Educator for Social Worker students.
  • Jeanette Ellis Jeanette Ellis

    Jeanette is a registered Dramatherapist, Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Supervisor.

    Interventions offered

    Dramatherapy, Theraplay, Theraplay Supervision, Moving on Through Play.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • B.A. (Hons), PgDip, M.A.
    • Diploma in Supervision
    • Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Supervisor
    • HCPC reg.

    Experience

    • 9 years working with trauma, children from adoption and foster placements, and children with learning difficulties.
    • Extensive experience of working with parents and childrens, teaching this format to Dramatherapy students at Anglia Ruskin.
    • Extensive knowledge of using creative methods for professional development and supervision with professionals from all areas including teachers and teaching assistants.
    • A member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and The Theraplay Institute and follow their ethical guidelines.
  • Unity Harding Unity Harding

    Unity is an experienced Educational Psychologist, with a specialist role for Domestic Abuse.

    Interventions offered

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Moving on Through Play, Solution Focused Coaching, Theraplay and Theraplay Supervision.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • Certified Theraplay Group Practitioner and Trainer
    • Certified Theraplay Practitioner
    • Educational Psychologist
    • HCPC reg.

    Experience

    • Using the principles of Theraplay within her work as an Educational Psychologist and working with parent and child dyads since first trained in 2009.
    • A member of the Theraplay team, delivering Dyadic Theraplay in Northamptonshire since it started, initially in training as part of the Practicum and as a Certified Practitioner since 2014.
    • Using Theraplay in specialist work with parents and their young children who have experienced domestic abuse.
    • Running Theraplay Moving on through Play groups for 5 years.
    • On the Practicum as a Theraplay Supervisor.
  • Emma Hillard Emma Hillard

    Emma is a qualified Dramatherapist and training to be a qualified Theraplay Practitioner.

    Interventions offered

    Dramatherapy.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • B.A. (Hons), M.A.
    • HCPC reg.

    Experience

    • B.A. (Hons) in Drama from Exeter University and M.A. in Dramatherapy from University of Roehampton.
    • Over 10 years working with children and young people within schools, health care and community settings.
    • Working with young people with ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, challenging behaviours, anxiety, depression, self-harm, selective mutism, eating disorders and attachment difficulties.
    • Working with Looked After and adopted children, and children who have experienced domestic abuse and / or developmental trauma.
    • Post-qualification clinical experience working as a Dramatherapist within a mainstream secondary school, and within a CAMHS service.
    • During her MA training she also completed clinical placements working therapeutically with primary school children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and with young offenders.
  • Dee Lodge Dee Lodge

    Dee is a Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Practitioner, Counsellor and Foundational Theraplay Practitioner.

    Interventions offered

    • Theraplay
    • VIG
    • Counselling

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • Accredited VIG Practitioner
    • Degree in Person Centred Counselling
    • BACP Registered Counsellor

    Experience

    • Working with children and adults in various Health Care sectors.
    • Working with individuals who have diverse backgrounds, including domestic abuse, self-harm, sexual abuse, and depression.
    • 10 years' experience working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum, as well as having challenging behaviour, anxiety, attachment difficulties and ADHD.
  • Sophie McLatchy Sophie McLatchy

    Sophie is a Play Therapist and Foundational Theraplay Practitioner.

    Interventions offered

    Play Therapy, Theraplay and Moving on Through Play.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • BSc Behavioural Sciences from Huddersfield University
    • Play Therapy Diploma from Liverpool University
    • BAPT reg.

    Experience

    • Working with children and young people who have diverse backgrounds, ranging from witnessing domestic violence, chronic illness to first-hand experience of physical and sexual abuse.
    • Working with children and young people for over 15 years, starting her career in residential care supporting children with Autism and emotional behavioural difficulties.
    • Working in various settings including mental health provisions, community based care and refuge.
    • Working at a therapeutic setting for adolescents with eating disorders.
    • Continued professional development with a specific training interest in trauma and dissociation.
    • Worked with children in adoption and foster care.
    • Qualified to deliver the 'nurturing programme' - a parenting group which aims to use nurturing strategies to parenting rather than a behavioural approach.
  • Kristen Northern Kristen Northern

    Kristen is a qualified Hospital Play Specialist, Therapeutic Life Story Worker, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Group Theraplay Trainer and Theraplay Supervisor.

    Interventions offered

    Therapeutic Life Story Work, Theraplay, Theraplay Supervision, Foster to Adopt programme, Moving on Through Play.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • The Institute For Arts in Therapy and Education Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work
    • Group Theraplay Practitioner
    • Edexcel Professional Development Certificate in Hospital Play Specialism
    • Kairos Diploma in Play Therapy
    • BTEC National Diploma in Caring Services
    Experience
    • Over twenty years working with children and young people within the Health and Social Care sector.
    • Wealth of knowledge supporting children and young people with complex medical needs, life threatening illness, attachment difficulties, trauma, loss and challenging behaviour.
    • Undertaken individual and group Theraplay for thirteen years, specialising in the field of fostering and adoption.
    • Development of the Foster to Adopt Theraplay Transition programme.
    • A member of Therapeutic Life Story Work International and is proactive in raising the profile of the importance of Life Story Work.
    • Training through British Association of Adoption and Fostering, Adoption UK, Family Futures, Joy Rees and Richard Rose.

    Kristen has an enhanced DBS, public liability insurance, regular clinical supervision and is committed to attending regular training to update her own professional development.

  • Jo Williams Jo Williams

    ​Jo is the Therapy Services Manager.

    Interventions offered

    Dramatherapy, Theraplay, Theraplay Supervision, Counselling, Counselling Supervision, Consultations and Training.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • Dramatherapy M.A.
    • Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Group Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer
    • Diploma in Supervising
    • BACP registered
    • Diploma in Counselling

    Experience

    • 20 years working in adult mental health before moving to children's services in 2003.
    • Supporting numerous Northamptonshire primary schools.
    • Leads multiple learning events and conferences.
    • Devising team building events and supervising the professional development of teams and colleagues.
  • Donna Johnson Donna Johnson

    ​Donna is a Teacher, certified Theraplay and Group Practitioner and a Group Trainer.

    Interventions offered

    • Theraplay
    • Group Theraplay
    • Pets As Therapy (PAT) registered

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • PAT registered
    • Certified Theraplay Practitioner
    • Certified Theraplay Group Practitioner and Trainer
    • Attachment Lead in School (Brighton University)
    • Post Graduate Nurture Group
    • Graduate Teacher Status (QTS)
    • BA (Hons) Early Childhood
    • BTEC In Early Childhood Studies Nursery Nurse

    Experience

    Using Theraplay with families, Group Theraplay and Sunshine Circles in main stream school settings and special schools, where children have social, emotional, behavioural and/or physical needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), trauma and attachment related difficulties.

    Ilona the dog (As an approved PAT registered Practitioner, Donna and Ilona the dog work with small groups of children, from mainstream and specials with the primary and secondary school sector. This may involve working with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), ASD, attachment or trauma difficulties and/or loss and bereavement. As well as children who have been adopted or are in Foster care.

  • Sue Martin Sue Martin

    ​Sue is a Psychotherapist and Supervisor.

    Interventions offered

    One to one therapy sessions, Group Therapy, Therapeutic Interventions with Children and Supervision.

    Qualifications and registered bodies

    • MA (Counselling studies)
    • Diploma in Counselling
    • Diploma in Supervision
    • BACP registered and accredited

    Experience

    • 30 years of experience in a range of educational settings
    • Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection lead in a large primary school.
    • Established a school based therapy service for staff, adults, children and families.
    • Managed Pupil Referral Units.
    • Worked in safe houses and refuge settings with individuals who experience domestic abuse and associated factors.
    • Running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) supervision groups for teaching assistants and teachers.
    • Worked with parents on Child Protection, Child in Need or Early Help Plans to effect change.
    • Trained staff on resilience programmes and team building.

​Therapeutic spaces

  • Exeter Learning Community therapeutic space

    Exeter Learning Community therapeutic space

  • Exeter Learning Community therapeutic space

    Exeter Learning Community therapeutic space

  • Exeter Learning Community

    Exeter Learning Community

  • Collingtree therapeutic space

    Collingtree therapeutic space

  • Collingtree therapeutic space

    Collingtree therapeutic space