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 Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a type of counselling for children which involves developing a bond and mutual respect with a child in the certainty that a child can solve their own problems with time and support.

Play therapy utilises a variety of play and creative mediums in a safe environment with a qualified therapist.

Play allows children to experience and understand feelings in a safe way. 

Play is a child's natural form of expression and learning.

This work can also involve working with families, offering parenting support to parents, guardians and foster carers and advice on co-parenting for families going through a separation or divorce.

Art and play are intrinsically valuable as they promote all areas of development. They motivate, engage and stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, promote relationships and build confidence and self-esteem while also being enjoyable and fun.

There are a number of different versions of play therapy to deal with children's particular problems.

Play promotes healing and growth and helps children to achieve their potential in life or move towards empowerment and resolution.

Play provides an inner sense of competence and control. New decisions, actions and behaviours can be practiced .

Who Can Attend?

Play Therapy is suitable for children aged between 3 and 16. Adolescents can choose which creative materials they prefer, for example, art.

Play Therapy can help with the following issues and many more; 

Attachment and Trauma, Anxiety, Behavioural Difficulties and School Related Issues, Grief and Loss, Abuse such as Physical, Emotional, Sexual and Neglect, Impact of Parental Separation, Impact of Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Bullying, Low Self Esteem, Sibling Rivalry, Family Illness, Sleep Problems, Attention Deficit Disorders, Asperger’s/Autism, etc.


Sorcha Cahillane

Works with children , adolescents and teenagers aged 4-16 years.

Sorcha is a Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. 

Originally trained in the area of Social Work she holds a Masters in Social Work (NQSW) from University College Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy through Christchurch Canterbury University and a Certificate in Creative Clinical Supervision with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy. 

Sorcha has a passion for working with vulnerable children and young people for over 20 years and as a Play Therapist since 2009. She lectures social care students in TU Grangegorman and Dublin Business School on Practice Based Play Therapy Skills.


Sorcha has completed further professional training in the areas of trauma with renowned international experts such as Bruce Perry, Daniel Seigel, Stephen Porges, Mooli Lehad, Paris Goodyear Brown and Margot Sunderland.                                                                               

Sorcha has also completed training in the areas of domestic violence, Sandplay, Landplay (outdoor play therapy), bereavement, child welfare and safety, therapeutic storytelling, SeeFar CBT and tele-therapy.  


Sorcha can work with your family on a range of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, self-regulation skills, behavioural difficulties, school related issues, bereavement, bullying, family illness, childhood trauma and attachment issues, child abuse and neglect, impact of parental separation, sibling rivalry, sleep problems, diagnoses such as Autism, ADHD, ADD, etc.  


Sorcha holds an up to date Garda Vetting, child safeguarding training and professional indemnity insurance. She is a member of Play Therapy Ireland.    


Sorcha has a keen interest in staying up to date with recent developments in the area and continues to engage in ongoing training and takes part in a monthly reading group with other experienced therapists. She believes in the ability of each child to reach their full, unique potential and strives through her work to support children to do that.  


Her extracurricular interests include gardening, nature, being in the outdoors, as well as, music and the arts.


For further information please call Sorcha on 086 3979319



Karen Curry

Works with children, adolescents, teenagers and adults.

Please note : Karen is currently on short term career break

 Karen has 15 years experience working as a practicing  Psychotherapist and specialises in working with children of all ages through Play Therapy.

Karen's many qualifications include a Diploma in Child Psychotherapy, Diploma in Play Therapy and a Profesional Qualification in CBT. 

Play Therapy involves developing a bond and mutual respect with a child, in the certainty that a child can solve their own problems with time and support. This work also involves working with families, offering parenting support to parents, guardians and foster careers and advice on co-parenting for families going through a separation or divorce.

Karen works therapeutically with children who may have experienced:

  • Bereavement
  • Impact of domestic violence
  • Attention Deficit Disorder ADD/ADHD
  • Asperger’s / Autism
  • Trauma/ post-traumatic stress
  • Sexual abuse/ physical abuse and neglect
  • Children in care

  • Low self-esteem

  • Separation anxiety / attachment

  • Impact of parental separation

Karen is a Registered Psychotherapist with qualifications that include:

  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute, Dublin
  • Accredited with the I.A.C.P.
  • Certified in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy from the Children's Therapy Centre
  • Training in Brief Solution Therapy.

  •  ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)  
  • Children's First Training.  

  • National Certificate in Community Development

  • National Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Contact Karen @ (086) 3998749


Ciara Doolan

Play Therapist 

(4-16 years a​ge group)

Contact (089) 6017016 

Ciara is a certified play therapist working in private practice with children and parents. Ciara is currently working towards her accreditation with Play Therapy Ireland.

Trained initially as a Social Care Worker Ciara has seven years’ experience working in her area, where she has worked both at home in Ireland and abroad, in Canada. Ciara has worked within the homeless sector, particularly in the areas of addiction, children in care, supported accommodation and mental health, before focusing on working primarily with children and their parents/carers in a therapeutic setting.

Ciara maintains professional membership with Play Therapy Ireland who are affiliated with Play Therapy International. She is on the accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by the Play Therapy UK and meets their standards on a yearly basis.  Ciara is a fully qualified Social Care Worker and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Practice-Based Play Therapy, from the National University of Ireland Galway. Ciara holds an up to date Garda Vetting and Professional Indemnity Insurance. 

Ciara has worked with children who may have experienced:


-Parental addiction

-Attachment and Trauma



-Impact of parental separation

-Behavioural difficulties in a school setting


-Children in Care

-Low self-esteem


-Child abuse and neglect

-Anger Management.

Ciara can also work with children, teachers and parents in a primary school setting, delivering a therapeutic mental health programme called the “Happy hearts and Happy heads” programme, as well as delivering workshops on helping children transition from sixth class into secondary school, “Leave with Ease” programme. Using play and creative approaches, Ciara can work with adolescents and provide workshops to groups of parents and carers as well.

Ciara’s Qualifications include:

  • Diploma in Addiction Studies and Psychology.
  • Hons Degree in Social Care Work.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with the National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Ciara is a member of Play Therapy Ireland and is on the Register of Play and Creative Art Therapists. (

Ciara has additional training in

  •  Behavioural Intervention specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Nurture Society for Learning and Development, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  •  Nature-Based Play Therapy.
  •  Working with grief, supporting children and teenagers.
  •  Regulation and Co-regulation.
  • Understanding childhood trauma and promoting emotional well-being.

and also

  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training.
  • Children First and Child Protection Training.
  • Safeguarding.
Ciara has a keen interest in remaining current and continues to engage in ongoing training, she recently completed Parenting Support Training under Yvonne Power. Ciara believes that working alongside the child's parents /caregivers, as well as working with the child and being a support to all, is vital in helping the child through their process.


Sarah-Jane Orange

Art Psychotherapist

(Works with children, adolescents and adults)

Contact: (086) 3400983

Sarah Jane has worked in the care sector for the past twenty years, working with clients of varying

needs and ages.

Sarah Jane qualified with an MSc in Art Psychotherapy International from Queen Margaret

University in 2012. Since graduation Sarah Jane has worked extensively in schools, supporting

children and adolescents with bereavement, emotional behavioural difficulties as well as anxiety and


Sarah Jane has also just finished working for one of Irelands leading children’s

charities, specialising in bereavement. Sarah Jane has extensive experience in homeless and

addiction services as well as in prisons.

Sarah Jane uses a person-centred approach, meeting the client at their own individual needs,

offering a non-judgemental service.

Contact: 0863400983


Sinead Crowley   Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

IAHIP, ICP, IAPTP, CORU - Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Play therapy, Masters in Social Work, B.Soc.Sc, Marte Meo Therapist

Sinéad Crowley is an accredited Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist with a specialism in play therapy. Sinéad has over 20 years experience working in the area of child and adolescent mental health and developmental trauma. Sinéad is particularly interested in involving parents because of the importance of the parent child relationship. She is a qualified marte meo therapist and trainer and supervisor with ParentsPlus.

Sinead provides play therapy to children aged 3 years to 11 years of age and psychotherapy/ counselling to adolescents aged 12-18 years of age. Sinéad works from a person centred approach, supporting the young person on their journey, understanding of their experiences and acceptance of self and others. Children and adolescents often find it difficult to express themselves verbally. Play therapy provides a child the opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems, just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talk out’ their difficulties. Equally, creative psychotherapy provides the adolescent with creative arts to aid expression. It is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that facilitates expression through creative media as well as talk.

Sinéad works with a broad range of Issues including anxiety, depression, low mood, gender identity, bullying, self esteem, trauma, child sexual abuse, eating disorders, attachment and relationship difficulties and any adjustment issues facing young people.

Contact the clinic or Sinead directly at (087) 2321082 for enquiries or to make an appointment.

The Lighthouse Clinic,

Dublin Road,



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