Play Therapy

We are delighted to have Play Therapist Helen O’Brien working here at The Children’s Clinic. Helen provides play therapy for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as bereavement, anxiety, anger, separation/divorce, bullying/bullied, self-esteem issues, trauma, learning difficulties.

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Play Therapy is a mode of therapy that helps children understand painful experiences and upsetting feelings. As play is a child’s natural form of expression, it can allow them communicate at their own level without having to put their feelings into words. Play allows the child to release needs, fears and wishes. It also helps them to address emotional and behavioural difficulties. My task is to build a trusting relationship with the child, showing them a consistent warmth, empathy and respect. I interact with them in their play, following their lead and help them to make sense of their world.


Play therapy can be very supportive

for children who have experienced:


  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying (bully / victim)
  • Poor Social skills
  • Parental Separation / Divorce
  • Parental drug / alcohol addiction
  • Low self-confidence
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Depression
  • Defiant behaviour
  • Mood swings or inappropriate emotional responses


How Many Sessions Are Recommended?

Sessions are usually scheduled for 50 minutes, at a set weekly time. Some children benefit from 8/12 sessions, others may require longer interventions.

The specifics of a child’s treatment plan will be individually created based on their specific needs, and re-evaluated during parent/guardian consultations held regularly throughout the treatment.



My name is Helen O Brien. I hold a Higher Diploma in Non­Directive Play Therapy, as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology, a Montessori Teaching Diploma and a Life and Executive Coaching Diploma. I’m a member of the Irish Play Therapy Association and work according to their Ethical Framework.


Helen works with Children 3 – 12 yrs. For more information on Play Therapy see

 You can contact Helen on 086 815 7873 or email her at

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