Name: Amanda Barrass
Professional Body: BAPT (www.bapt.info)
Date of Professional Qualifications: Msc Play Therapy, 2015
Previous Profession: Primary School Teacher (12 years experience)
Other Qualifications: BSc(Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Certificate of Professional Development in Personal, Social and Health Education, Diploma in Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Filial Therapy Practitioner.
Based: East Cornwall
I have worked extensively with children in Cornwall who have experienced trauma and neglect: in addition to my private practice, I work part-time as a Play Therapist for the children’s charity Barnardo’s. I work in a systemic manner, advising parents, carers and other professionals (in healthcare, social care and educational arenas) in order to better support children at home and in school. I have three years’ previous experience of being a Play Therapist with the Jigsaw Post Abuse Service, part of Cornwall Council. This service offers therapeutic support to children and their families where there has been a disclosure of sexual abuse.
When working with an individual child, I primarily offer Non-directive Play Therapy but also work in a more integrative manner when this would benefit the child (e.g. in addressing a negative misconception, supporting the child developing relaxation strategies or where direct safety work is advisable).
In addition to my MSc Play Therapy, I also have a Diploma in Neuro-Dramatic-Play and am a trained Filial Therapist. In both of these types of Play Therapy interventions, I support parents or carers in the play sessions with their child or children. I have found working with parent / carer and child together has been extremely effective in enhancing a child’s attachment security with their adoptive parents and foster carers; resulting in a much more rewarding relationship for both parent / carer and child.
Prior to becoming a Play Therapist, I was a Primary School Teacher. With twelve years of professional teaching and leadership experience, I believe that I have a solid understanding of child-development and am able to support school staff with practicable strategies for children.