After studying my Honours Degree in Psychology at Rhodes University, I decided that I wanted to embark on a career focusing on helping children. At that time play therapy was still a relatively unknown discipline in South Africa, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study my Masters Degree in London. I chose a play therapy course that was accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), of which I am now a full member. I was trained in non-directive, child-centered play therapy, which is the most widely recognised form of play therapy in the United Kingdom and in the USA.
During my two-year training, I completed my practical hours at two schools. The first was a Primary School in South West London, and the second was an Infant and Nursery School in Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey. I gained experience working with children who had suffered from a range of difficulties, namely:
- attachment difficulties
- death of family members
- school refusal
- domestic violence
- low self-esteem
- difficulties in forming friendships and
- children whose parents suffered from mental health difficulties.
I also gained experience working closely with parents, teachers and social workers. In addition, I attended weekly supervision with a qualified play therapist.