Claire has a dual qualification as both a Social Worker and Play Therapist. She brings with her a rich portfolio of experience having worked across a diverse range of service sectors, including health, education and social services as well as domestic violence and bereavement services. Her career spans over a decade in working with children, young people and families in different specialist teams. She originally began her career at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London before moving South to take up various social work posts including working in the Assessment and Intervention Child Protection Team and Looked After Children’s Team, where she gained considerable experience in providing assessment and intervention work for children and their families.
Claire also has extensive experience in undertaking complex assessments for children in need and those on child protection plans. She has worked to develop and deliver therapeutic interventions to support children who have experienced multiple attachment disruptions while in care and in providing specialist support for young people transitioning out of foster care to independent living. Claire has a particular interest in working with children who have early histories of trauma and disrupted attachment experiences.
Claire is a highly skilled play therapist and uses play as a key therapeutic tool to help children communicate painful and difficult feelings that often they have no words for. She is passionate about understanding a child’s emotional needs through the lens of attachment and how their capacity for playfulness offers a window into their attachment history. Claire is determined to make therapy fun and has very recently undertaken further training in Lego Therapy.
Claire is a qualified Social Worker and a fully accredited Play Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).