Name: Anna Wheeler
Date of Professional Qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy, 2013
Previous Profession: 17 years Co-ordinator/Contact for Cornwall Education Otherwise, a charity supporting electively home educating families
Other Qualifications: BSc (Hons) 1982; Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy (2010), LandPlay Practitioner; Safeguarding; Paediatric First Aid; Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision for Child, Adolescent and Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy
Based: West Cornwall
I trained as a Certified Play Therapist from 2010, with PTUK/APAC, receiving my university post graduate certificate in 2013. Whilst and since training I have worked in many settings, such as with nursery, primary and secondary school aged children and young people. So with my previous qualifications, trainings and experience in person-centred counselling and therapy with adults and young people, I offer creative arts counselling and play therapy across the ages, from nursery age to adult, at indoor or outdoor venues. With my further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I also offer parent-child work, from Theraplay®, Filial Play Coaching or DDP approaches.
Most of my work is undertaken at my own dedicated therapy suite, which includes a waiting room, supervision and meeting space as well as a play therapy and creative arts counselling studio and outdoor space, with some outreach work for clients with additional needs.
The organisations I have worked with include Dreadnought, the Cornwall Council Youth Service and CRASAC and I now supervise at the newly merged child, young person and adult emotional trauma and therapy specialist charity, CLEAR. Since 2016 I have worked in post adoption support for the Family Plus Team and I also receive referrals through schools and social care alongside self-referrals. I am also a supervisor for individuals and groups, for trainee and qualified play therapists and for counselling supervisees from a local college and charity.
My philosophy is to offer an inclusive service to the best of my abilities, based on mutual respect and safety, and to allow the clients to process their issues at their own pace and in a way that suits them.