Luna Play Therapy is run by Helen Neale. Helen qualified as Play Therapist after completing the MSc in Play Therapy at the University of South Wales in 2016.
Previous to becoming a Play Therapist Helen was employed for 12 years by Rhondda Cynon Taf Children’s services working with children who are looked after, on the child protection register and children in need. Helen has also worked for Newport City Council Children’s services and as a youth support worker. Helen has vast experience of working with children with Attachment difficulties and children who have experienced trauma. Helen is currently working with agencies including the Post Adoption support teams, Barnardos, Rhondda Cynon Taf , Cardiff and Merthyr local authorities, St David’s children’s society and 2 Wish Upon a Star charity.
Helen has also undertaken Level One Theraplay and Level One DDP training.
Helen is a full member of BAPT ( British Association of Play Therapists) that oversees and governs her practice.
Rhian Lewis is an associate Play Therapist working alongside Helen in Luna Play Therapy. Rhian is a fully qualified Play Therapist after completing the MSc in Play Therapy at the University of South Wales.
Prior to becoming a Play Therapist Rhian worked for Rhondda Cynon Taf County council within their Disabled children’s team offering specialist early years support and advice.
Rhian has completed Level One Theraplay training and is a full member of BAPT that oversees and governs her practice.
Fran Power is an associate Attachment focused Occupational Therapist working alongside Helen and Rhian in Luna Play Therapy. Fran qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Cardiff University in 2014. Since qualifying Fran has worked extensively with children and young people in settings including Mencap and the Amelia Trust Farm. Fran has a particular interest in working with children who are experiencing mental health difficulties and is passionate about supporting them and their families.
Fran is undertaking Sensory Attachment training and will be able to offer this service in the Autumn months. Sensory Attachment training is integrative approach to the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, addressing the sensory needs of children in order to support them in moving away from a continued state of ‘fight, flight and freeze’.
Fran is qualified in the Solihull Approach, an attachment model for understanding the impact relationships and adverse childhood experiences have on health and wellbeing. The approach is a universal parenting intervention for any parent with a child between the ages of 0 and 18.
The Solihull approach is NICE recommended.
Fran is a full member of HCPC ( Health Care Professionals Council) that governs and oversees her practice.