Name: Amanda Barrass
Professional Body: BAPT (www.bapt.info), APT.
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, Diploma in Sandplay.
Based: East Cornwall
I have a private practice in Lostwithiel and have worked extensively with children in Cornwall who have experienced trauma and neglect: 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. Prior to becoming completely freelance, I had three years’ previous experience of being a Play Therapist with the Jigsaw Post Abuse Service, part of Cornwall Council. This service offered therapeutic support to children and their families where there had been a disclosure of sexual abuse. I also had five years' previous experience as a Play Therapist for the children’s charity Barnardo’s, primarily offering support to adoptive families as well as dyadic and group support for families that had experienced domestic 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 I 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.
Amanda is a BAPT approved Clinical Supervisor and offers individual and group supervision to professionals.