I am currently doing a masters course to become an accredited play therapist with the British Association of Play Therapists. I have already received a student loan to pay for my course fees and I work part time to pay for my living costs and that of my family. As part of my course I am required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision (which costs £2,000) and 60 hours of personal therapy (which costs £1800). I have already paid for half of this during year 1 but I am seeking financial support for these costs this year due to the increased pressure and workload of the second year. I have £1900 left to pay.
For the past twelve years I have worked in the education and not- for- profit sectors, supporting children with additional needs. As a play therapist I offer psychotherapy to children who have experienced trauma. Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened. Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways, children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future.
In the future I would like to work for a charity, offering play therapy for children who have experienced trauma.