Theraplay UK Supervisors

Karen Andor, BA, BA (hons), BEd (hons), MEd is Specialist Support Teacher, an Educational Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She works in private practice. She has trained in Psychodynamic Play Therapy and Family Therapy. She is a certified Theraplay Therapist and is in the process of completing the Supervisor’s Theraplay Practicum. She is currently completing her Level II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training and has attended Level I of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training. She has worked in the private sector as well as with deprived communities both in England and in South Africa. She specialises with working with trauma and attachment difficulties and likes to apply the principles of Theraplay within general school settings to support children’s development. Karen can be reached at


Dr Emily Barnbrook, DClinPsy* is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Certified Theraplay® Therapist and is now completing the Supervisor’s and Trainer’s Practicum. Emily is also accredited in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy® and is engaged in the DDP consultant’s practicum. Emily is the clinical lead for a multi-agency team specialising in providing attachment focused therapeutic intervention for children who are looked after and adopted and their parents/carers and professional networks. Emily also works part time for The Family Place. Through this work Emily has been privileged to work with many fostering, adoptive and residential families who have taught her so much about the challenges of living with the impact of trauma. Emily is passionate about helping children develop healthy, loving attachment relationships. She was excited when she began using Theraplay and experienced how quickly this can engage both children and their parents/carers and powerfully strengthen their attachment bond. Prior to working with children and families, Emily pursued her interest in trauma working with adults who were experiencing psychosis and addiction. You can contact her at

Sue Bellamy

Sue Bellamy CQSW* has over 40 years of experience of working with children and families in diverse settings and roles including as a Foster Carer for fifteen years. Sue has Qualifications in Residential work, youth work, field social work, practise teaching. She is Certified Theraplay Practitioner having used Theraplay techniques in her daily practise since have received Level One Theraplay training 2003. Sue has received training in Best Evidence, Narrative Therapy and DDP. She is also a certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Family Care Providers. Sue recently retired after 15 years in a senior Post from Wirral’s Camhs Partnership Team, a specialist team which provides a mental health assessments and treatment Plans to Children Looked After, Adopted and Children on a Child Protection Plan. Sue is now working as an independent Social Worker and Theraplay Practitioner.  She specialises in working with children who have experienced Abuse, trauma and Placement disruption. She is particularly interested in supporting children in Transition, with the aim of enabling them gain stability while experiencing positive connections with their parents/carers. Sue at this present time is a Theraplay Supervisor in training. You can contact Sue at


Anne Bone* is an Independent & Family Services Professional who has run a successful private practice for the last sixteen years. She has a BA(Hons) in Social Work & Community Studies and is a qualified counsellor counselling supervisor and social worker. She is trained in both person centred and psychodynamic approaches. She is a certified Theraplay practitioner Theraplay trainer in training and Theraplay supervisor in training. She provides Theraplay intervention and attachment relating trainings to a number of local authorities and Theraplay intervention consultation and attachment based training to Community Foster Care foster carers and to staff in Lancaster.

In Anne’s previous professional roles she was a (job share) Registered Manager for Community Foster Care and during her time working for After Adoption she was involved in designing, developing and delivering a hugely successful national therapeutic training programme for parents and professionals. Anne has worked as a counsellor in schools and she also currently supervises a number of counsellors who work in schools. She also has experience as a mediator through working previously for the special educational needs disagreement resolution service. Anne has been involved in adoption and fostering both personally and professionally for over thirty five years and she has a passionate interest in promoting healthy attachments between children and families. She can be contacted on 

Dr. Amelia Fay Taylor, BSc Hons, PGCE, DAppEdPsy, HCPC Reg. CPsychol.

Amelia is a certified Theraplay Practitioner and Chartered HCPC Registered Educational Psychologist. She works within a local Authority Educational Psychology Service in the North East of England and also independently provides assessment and therapeutic work through Tyne Therapies. Amelia specializes in work with children in care and post adoption where there is a history of trauma and attachment difficulties. Amelia also has a special interest in working with young children with social and communication difficulties. She facilitates parents’ groups utilizing her skills in Theraplay to support relationships within families. Amelia is also trained in Video Interaction Guidance and to teach Mindfulness with children. She is passionate about developing Theraplay practice in her area to bring the highest quality evidence based interventions to families in need. Amelia is currently a Theraplay Supervisor in training. Amelia can be contacted at or via North Tyneside Educational Psychology Service.

Sarah Foster is a Registered Social worker; State Registered Dramatherapist, Certified Theraplay® Therapist and has completed level 1 & 2 DDP training.

Sarah is based in Merseyside. She has 10 years’ experience as a local authority Child Care Social Worker, including working in a fostering and adoption  team, followed by 16 years’ experience within tier 3 CAMHS, which has included a specialist role addressing the mental health needs of children who  are fostered, adopted and in residential care. She has extensive experience of issues relating to attachment and trauma, and has developed creative ways to engage children, young people and their families.

Sarah has been running a Theraplay clinic within CAMHS since Certification in 2013 which she has found to be highly effective in promoting healthy functioning.  Sarah is impressed by the versatility of Theraplay and its ability to overcome a child’s resistance. Using a combination of skills, where necessary Sarah is able to adapt interventions according to the child’s developmental progress.

Sarah welcomes the opportunity to use the benefit of her experience to guide others in the use of Theraplay recognising the positive, enduring impact that this intervention has upon children and their caregivers.

Helen-maundHelen Maund, HCPC registered Social Worker, earned her post graduate certificate in therapeutic play and is DDP level 1 trained. Helen has worked as a Social Worker for 18 years in the field of child protection, children’s residential setting and for the past 11 years in adoption. Helen specialises in therapeutic work with children and families in the area of fostering and adoption. Helen is passionate about using Theraplay as a very effective intervention with children who have experienced trauma through abuse and neglect. She has an excellent understanding of developmental trauma which underpins all her work. Her work is influenced by Theraplay, Family Futures, Dr Bruce Perry, Dr Dan Siegal, Dr Dan Hughes and Bryan Post.

Helen currently works for a local authority adoption service but is also in the process of setting up her own independent support services for children and families. Helen works with children who have experienced neglect, physical, sexual and emotional harm. The children that Helen works with may have other additional needs such as sensory processing problems or as a result of pre-natal alcohol exposure. As part of Helen’s therapeutic work with families, she supports parents in their parenting approach as they often need to learn a different way of parenting their children. Helen can supervise practitioners to Foundational Level status and looks forward to supporting practitioners through this part of the Theraplay practicum process. Helen is available for both face-to-face supervision or via video link. Helen can be contacted at

Julie McCann is a BAPT Play Therapist and Certified Theraplay Practitioner based in south London who offers face to face supervision from her home as well as supervision via the internet. She works for the UK charity TACT and is attached to their Peterborough permanency team. The focus of her work is a BBC Children In Need funded project called ‘The Power of Play’ which supports adoptive families in the early stages of placement with Theraplay based sessions and offers life story play therapy and long-term Theraplay interventions for children who have been with their adopters for some time. Julie has been working closely with the Theraplay Institute in the US to re-write the practicum documents for UK settings and has students from a range of professional backgrounds at all stages of the practicum. She uses her play therapy skills in private practice and in local schools, working with children and their families to build stronger attachments and process feelings around trauma and loss associated with deprivation, immigration status and temporary housing. You can contact her at

vivienDr Vivien Norris, DClinPsy, DipMusicTh is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Music Therapist. She is also a Certified Theraplay® Therapist, Trainer and Supevisor and is accredited in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy®. Vivien has been working as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS in the UK for over twenty years specialising in therapeutic work with families and in the area of fostering and adoption. She has a longstanding interest in trauma and has worked in various roles in the field, in therapeutic communities with adolescents and leading national research into the impact of the Asian tsunami.

Alongside part time NHS work, Vivien is Clinical Director of The Family Place, an independent organisation providing flexible therapeutic interventions for families. Her main area of interest is in children with severe difficulties in forming relationships, arising from histories of abuse, neglect and trauma. Her clinical approach centrally includes foster carers and adopters in interventions and combines approaches to address complex difficulties. Vivien has many years experience delivering training. She has contributed to publications in the area of self-harm and the impact of trauma. Vivien can be contacted at

Fiona Peacock is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Certified Theraplay® Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor.  In the past she worked in a highly specialised CAMHS team for Looked After and Adopted children as well as working in Education settings.  Now she has a private practice providing psychotherapy and Theraplay to children whose early experiences of attachments have been disrupted as well as consultation, supervision and training to other professionals in this field.  She also provides generic schools counselling.  She is a Teaching Associate at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education teaching Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents up to MEd level.  She is a contribution author to McLaughlin & Holliday (2014) Therapy with Children and Young People and to two of the modules in the MindEd programme ( and co author of Fostering Good Relationships (Richardson & Peacock 2016).  Currently she is also studying for an EdD at Cambridge researching into the experience of Theraplay.  Contact details:


rodwellDr Helen Rodwell* is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a MSc in Forensic Psychology and a BSc(Econ) in Psychology and Sociology.  She is registered with the HCPC.  Helen has been working clinically with children, parents and families for over fifteen years.  She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and is now completing the Supervisor’s Practicum.  Helen considers the Practicum to be one of the highlights of her continual professional development and would highly recommend it to other professionals.  She currently works in independent practice in Derby where she offers therapeutic interventions to children, parents and families alongside being a long-standing Expert Witness to the Family Courts.  She also works with adoption and fostering agencies.  Helen previously co-managed a NHS Psychology service for Looked After and Adopted children in Stoke On Trent following many years working in generic camhs.  In addition to Theraplay, her modalities include Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, EMDR, Systemic Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.  Helen is keen to support and promote the use of Theraplay within the UK because ‘it works’!  She can be contacted via her PA, Lee at:

Pat roughanPat Roughan* is MA qualified Social Worker. She received her master’s in 1998 at Goldsmiths College. Pat has extensive including with 12 years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Children Looked after and Adoption experience. She is certified as a Theraplay Practitioner with Level 2 DDP training. She has served as a training assistant in both Level 1 and Level 2 Theraplay training and is currently a supervisor in training. Pat offers consultations and Theraplay to the child and its network and also offers Therapeutic Attachment Training to groups. Pat can be reached by email at or 07462355087.

jowilliamsJo Williams dth. (Dramatherapist) Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling is the Theraplay Manager for Northamptonshire County Council and also Head of Regioa.Jo has a wealth of experience in a variety of settings working for 30 years in Adult Mental Health before moving to children’s services. She has firmly established Theraplay services in Northamptonshire and also in a number of Primary Schools settings. Her continuing initiative is to spread the Theraplay knowledge and skill base in Northamptonshire and the UK. To this end she has led the development of The British Alliance of Theraplay which held its inaugural meeting in early 2013.  She leads numerous learning events and conferences, devised team building events and supervised the professional development of teams and colleagues.

Jo is married with two children and has a large extended family.  The lead singer in a number of local bands – she is held in high regard for her enthusiasm and energetic style in her work rest and play.  She is infectious and is the catalysis for many service developments for Northamptonshire its work force and families. Her work has proved the use of Theraplay in schools, in Fostering and Adoption and she is engaged in a process to support local professionals in their development and honing of their Theraplay skill base. Jo has recently moved schools – from Rockingham Primary to Exeter – a Learning Community, to continue the spread of the Theraplay model in schools and to assist in their desire to develop Theraplay as part of their leading edge practice initiative. She can be reached 

jayJay Vaughan, MA, HCPC Dramatherapist, DDP, SEP is a State Registered Dramatherapist, a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, a Theraplay Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer as well as a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is a Clinical Director at Family Futures CIC, a Voluntary Adoption Agency based in London and is also the Agency’s Responsible Person.

Family Futures specializes in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children placed in foster families, adoptive families or kinship care. Family Futures offers an assessment and treatment program entitled Neuro Physiological Psychotherapy, which integrates Somatic Experience as part of the assessment and treatment approach. Jay, as Clinical Director, still carries out some direct work with families and children.

Jay has been working with traumatized children since qualifying as a Dramatherapist in 1989, and passionately believes in the use of arts, play and body-based approaches in helping traumatized children and their families heal. She has contributed to articles and books over the years and continues to consult and train around the UK on behalf of Family Futures.  Jay is a mother of two children and two step-children as well as a proud grandmother to her first grandchild. She can be contacted on

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