Melissa specialises in empowering children to understand and manage their big feelings and behaviours. Melissa supports parents reignite the spark in their children, creating calm, contented and happy homes.
Melissa is a qualified Social Care Leader, Accredited Play Therapist, Autplay Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Across Professions. As a Social Care Leader Melissa has worked with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties and their families for over 25 years and has extensive experience of working with children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma. As a Play Therapist Melissa provides services to schools, Tusla and voluntary agencies as well as in her own private practice in Duleek, Co. Meath.
Melissa holds a BA Hons Degree in Social Care, Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy, Certificate in Autplay Therapy and Advanced Diploma in Supervision Across Professions. Melissa is a qualified Rainbow Children’s Yoga and mindfulness teacher, has also trained with Connected Kids and Chill Squad (mindfulness programmes). Melissa is also a qualified Relax Kids Coach as well as being a Baby Bonding Practitioner with Big Toes Little Toes. Melissa has additional training in Self Harm, Attachments, Child Abuse and Trauma, Domestic Violence and Child Protection to name but a few.
Melissa is fully insured, Garda vetted and a member of Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl) and Irish Play Therapy Community Association (IPTCA). Melissa is guided by their Code of Ethics to gain best outcomes.
Melissa is committed to achieving positive outcomes for the children and families she works with by providing a safe and trusting environment enabling children and adolescents to make sense of their world.
For more information please view the Play Therapy Ireland website at https://playtherapy.ie/ and https://iptca.ie/
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