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About Lisa Waycott

About Mandy Squires

About Lisa Finlayson-Clements

Laura Marie Williams

About Clare Carbis

Simone Panas

About Mike Bosley

 

About Lisa Waycott

Clinical Director, Senior Lecturer (University of Glamorgan)
MA Social Work, BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Postgraduate Dip in Play Therapy, Postgraduate Dip Social Work

In addition to Lisa being a qualified Play Therapist, she has an initial degree in Social Sciences and a Masters degree in Social Work. She is a qualified Social Worker and Senior Lecturer at the University of Glamorgan on the MSc in Play Therapy. She has also undertaken level 1 and 2 training in Theraplay.

Lisa has extensive experience in all aspects of social work with children and families including foster care, fieldwork, child protection, adoption support and the voluntary sector. Lisa has also worked therapeutically with children and young people in a variety of settings and with regard to a wide range of needs for over 15 years.

Her work has included working with severely traumatised and vulnerable children and young people with complex histories, such as severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse, loss and separation issues and children and young people in transition. Other areas of experience and interest include working with children and young people who display sexually concerning/harmful behaviours, therapeutic life story work, play therapy and attachment based therapy with children and their parents/carers.

Lisa is a Full member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and abides by the Code of Ethics and Practice for this professional body.

Lisa is the Director of Stepping Stones (Child Therapy Consultants) LTD. The Company was formed in April 2004. Stepping Stones (Child Therapy Consultants) LTD is an independent agency which supplies therapeutic services for children and young people, training and consultancy.

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About Lisa Finlayson-Clements

Art Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy

Lisa is a qualified Art Psychotherapist with full Health Professions Council and British Association of Art Therapists registration and abides by the Code of Ethics and Practice for these professional bodies.

Lisa has been working within the National Health Service and other private, public and voluntary sectors for the past ten years. Lisa commenced her employment within the National Health Service as a Community Support Nurse. Following her Post Graduate Training at the University of Sheffield Lisa commenced her employment as the sole Art Psychotherapist within the Tier 4 Impatient Service for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services; which is based in Bridgend, South Wales.

Her work has included working with severely traumatised and vulnerable children and young people with complex mental health issues/needs, such as depression, eating disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Conversion Disorder, Schizophrenia, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Lisa has worked with these young people both in individual and group therapy within an inpatient and community setting.

Other areas of experience and interest include working with children and young people who are going through the transition from inpatient hospital care to returning to the care of their family.

Since July 2008 Lisa has worked as a freelance Art Psychotherapist and trainer for Stepping Stones. Through her work at Stepping Stones Lisa has further developed her interest in working with Looked After and Adopted children. Through her role as an Art Therapist and working in collaboration with Play Therapists Lisa has developed a further interest and understanding of how the creative therapies can support young people in articulating their emotional needs and life experiences.

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About Clare Carbis

Play Therapist
BSc Psychology, MSc Playwork & Therapeutic Play, MSc Play Therapy

Clare graduated with a BSc Psychology from Cardiff University in 2007. She went on to complete MSc Playwork and Therapeutic Play in 2008 at the University of Glamorgan, and MSc Play Therapy in 2011.

Clare has experience working in residential care settings with children who have profound physical and learning disabilities, leading creative arts workshops with disadvantaged children and young people, and working in schools and psychiatry departments; both in the UK and overseas. More recently Clare has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students as a guest lecturer in the Psychology department at the University of Glamorgan.

Clare has been part of the team at Stepping Stones since August 2008, initially as a Therapeutic Play Specialist and Trainee Play Therapist, and now as a qualified Play Therapist. Clare is a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and abides by their Code of Ethics and Practice.

Clare has experience working therapeutically with children who have experienced trauma, loss and bereavement, those with attachment difficulties, and those who have experienced neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Clare’s training was in child-centred play therapy, however she also incorporates integrative techniques into her therapeutic work with children and young people. Clare also uses attachment based therapeutic techniques in her work with families, influenced by the work of Dan Hughes, Theraplay principles and Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI). Clare completed SAI level 1 training in June 2012.

Clare has a specific interest in play therapy with children from different cultures; specifically refugees and asylum seekers who have had traumatic experiences. In the summer of 2008 Clare spent five weeks working with children and young people in a psychological and therapeutic context in Uganda. This provided the basis for her MSc thesis, which through review of literature and observations, investigated cultural considerations of play therapy – with a specific focus on Uganda, and working with child refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

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About Mike Bosley

Play Therapist
Diploma Play Therapy; Registered Nurse; MSc Health Promotion and Health Education;
BA (Hons) Zoology (Oxon); Certificate in Child Health

After qualifying as a general nurse, Mike worked on child health projects in developing countries. On returning to the UK, he worked on promoting the sexual health of vulnerable young people – especially young men and those with learning difficulties. This included conducting research into why young people take sexual risks and approaches to help them develop safer behaviours. He lectured in Reproductive Health at Cardiff University, and between 1991 and 2003, was a member of the Family Planning Association’s training team, and chaired FPA’s Wales Advisory Committee.

More recently, Mike worked in a Young Carers’ Project and took a lead role in contributing to the Welsh Assembly Government’s procedures for promoting the health of children in the ‘looked after’ system throughout Wales.

As a therapist, Mike is especially interested in child-centred play therapy approaches, and in promoting the inclusion of ‘looked after’ children and young people themselves in the planning of their own care.

He is a member of Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and the NMC and abides by the Code of Ethics and Practice for these professional bodies.

Mike combines his work at Stepping Stones with managing a local NHS service providing one-to-one support to people experiencing health problems in the community.

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About Mandy Squires

Social Work Therapist
Diploma in Social Work, Post Graduate Certificate Drama and Movement in Therapy,
Post Graduate Certificate Creative Arts Therapies for Children and Young People

Mandy qualified as a social worker 22 years ago and has extensive experience in all aspects of social work with children and families ranging from child protection to fostering and adoption support, field social work to management. Her interest in direct and play based work with traumatised and vulnerable children and young people led her towards experiential creative arts therapies training 12 years ago. As a social work therapist, she has worked with children and young people in a variety of settings and with regard to a wide range of complex needs.

In 2005, alongside her private practice, Mandy joined a small team of therapists and helped to develop an attachment therapy service within Torfaen. In 2010, she qualified as a Sesame practitioner (drama and movement in therapy).

Mandy is also a trainer and workshop facilitator for therapists, therapy students and social workers and develops bespoke training for foster carers, looked after and adopted children and young people on a variety of subjects including attachment, life journey work, healthy touch, play and drama and movement.

An important cornerstone of Mandy’s work is to identify and develop healthy aspects of her clients. As well as providing a safe, holding container for the exploration of difficult and painful issues and emotions, she aims to promote playfulness, vitality and a sense of hope within the therapeutic space.

Mandy began working with Stepping Stones in December 2010.

She is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), British Association of Social Workers (BASW), is registered with the Care Council for Wales and is committed to and abides by the standards of good practice and codes of ethics of these affiliated professional bodies.

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About Laura Marie Williams

Therapeutic Play Specialist / Trainee Play Therapist
MSc Play and Therapeutic Play, Currently studying MSc Play Therapy, BSc (hons) Psychology
and Education BPS

Undertaking her undergraduate degree, BSc (hons) Psychology and Education (BPS) at Cardiff University, Laura recognised her interest in children’s emotions and behaviour, and the clinical implications. During her studies she worked as a Youth Instructor, Play Worker, and volunteered with disabled children, before beginning her experience of working therapeutically with children at Stepping Stones in 2008.

After graduating in 2010, Laura continued to work at Stepping Stones and worked within Children’s Services as a Family Aide and Supervised Contact Worker to further her understanding of and skills in working with children at risk and in need, and their families. With a growing interest in attachment difficulties, and the impact of abuse and neglect, particularly in children who are Looked After and Adopted, Laura went on to study for the MSc Play and Therapeutic Play at University of Glamorgan, which she completed in 2012.

Laura is currently training to become a Play Therapist at the University of Glamorgan. Whist training, she works at Stepping Stones as a Therapeutic Play Specialist, and supports foster carers who care for children with emotional difficulties, attachment difficulties and children ‘moving on’ for Adoption and Permanency.

Laura was elected as Welsh Branch Chair for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) in June 2012, is a Student member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and abides by their Codes of Ethics and Practice.

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About Simone Panas

Play Therapist
MSc Play Therapy, BA (hons) Childhood, Culture and Education

Simone has worked with children and vulnerable young people since 2005 in a range of settings and, before graduating, worked as a learning support assistant, classroom assistant, voluntary counsellor and assistant child-minder.

Simone graduated with a BA (hons) degree from the University of Birmingham in 2008 and completed MSc Play Therapy at the University of Glamorgan in 2012. Simone trained as a Primary School Teacher after completing her undergraduate degree and has additional experience of working with children with learning and behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities, both one-on-one and in group settings. Simone has worked closely with children with dyspraxia, global developmental delay, speech impairments, ADHD and children on the Autistic Spectrum.

Simone has vast experience of working in education, including working in private schools and schools in special measures, supporting vulnerable children and children in need. Simone has also worked as a Trainee Play Therapist within a primary school.

Simone joined the team at Stepping Stones in 2011 and progressed from Trainee Play Therapist to qualified Play Therapist. Simone is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and abides by their Code of Ethics and Practice. Simone has experience working therapeutically with children with speech and learning difficulties, attachment difficulties and children who have experienced trauma, neglect and emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

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