The Rainbow Tree Wales Play Therapy and Children's Wellbeing
The Rainbow Tree WalesPlay Therapy and Children's Wellbeing

About us

Our Team

Ann greenwood - B.ed (hons), M.Ed (special needs) M.sc (Play therapy).

Owner and Lead Therapist

 

Ann has completed an M.Sc in Child Centred Play Therapy with the University of South Wales and has worked with a range of children including those who have experienced bereavement, loss, developmental trauma, anxiety, anger, aggression, sexual abuse, neglect and attachment difficulties.

 

Prior to this training she worked for 30 years as a teacher and headteacher in both primary and special schools, as well as working as a Local Authority consultant in Additional Educational Needs. During this time she gained significant experience of children with mild to severe social, emotional and behaviour difficulties in clinical and educational settings as well as working with families in challenging circumstances. Ann now uses the skills she has gained to enable her to work holistically with children, involving parents/carers, teachers and other professionals where appropriate. 

 

Ann has completed a 4 day intensive Filial Therapy training and offers this form of therapy to children, their families and, where appropriate, their school placements.

 

Having completed level 2 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Ann is qualified to work with families using DDP informed approaches.

 

Ann is a full member of the British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT) and she abides by their code of conduct.

 

 

Donna Stone – B.Ed (Hons) , PG Dip. Play Therapy

Senior Associate Play Therapist

 

Donna joined the team at The Rainbow Tree Wales in 2019.

 

She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with Leeds Beckett University and is a Certified Play Therapist registered with Play Therapy UK. Donna has worked with a range of children and families including those with attachment difficulties, bereavement, loss, developmental trauma and neglect.

 

Donna comes from a teaching background and has been a class teacher for all primary age groups from Nursery to Year Six. As a daughter of foster carers, she always took a special interest in Children Looked After (CLA) and was the designated teacher in two of the schools she worked in, regularly liaising with Social Workers, Special Guardians, Kinship Carers and Foster Carers as well as adoptive parents. Over the years this developed into an interest in ALN and children’s mental health and wellbeing. Donna has also run parent/child groups and delivered parenting courses.

 

As a play therapist Donna uses her previous experiences to support not only individual children but also their families and when appropriate class teachers, LSAs and school communities.

 

Donna seeks to strengthen attachments and build relationships and has undertaken additional attachment training. She has completed DDP Level 1 and is licensed to support individual parents and groups by delivering Baby Bonding (special interest multiple births), Parent-Child Attachment Play and Heart to Heart. She has also adapted this to support secondary attachments such as key workers for CLA children in schools.

Ceri Hunt

Children and Young Peoples Counsellor

 

Ceri is a qualified 'Integrative' Counsellor which means she trained in a number of different theoretical approaches to counselling. Following professionally qualifying as a counsellor, Ceri went on to gain additional training in working with Children and Young People and holds a Post-graduation diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and a Post-graduation foundation certificate in Family Therapy from the University of South Wales. Further studies have also included DDP level 1 and the Trauma Recovery model diploma.

 

Ceri when working with adults is able to be responsive to each individual adjusting her therapeutic approach accordingly. Through gentle exploration within a non-judgmental, valuing and empathic relationship, Ceri will enable you to express your feelings and bring clarity to your experience.

 

When Ceri is counselling Young people she is equally able to empower her young clients through her integrative approach and encourages them to express their feelings, thus bringing some clarity to their experience. Counselling can offer a young person the opportunity to talk through whatever is going on for them in a private and safe setting. As a parent or carer this may feel strange as you would wish they could talk to you. Ceri is professionally mindful of encouraging clients to build positive relationships with the significant individuals around them, she will therefore always work towards empowering and building the life skills necessary for the client to develop more open communication within their family.

 

Ceri enjoys using creative counselling techniques when working with young people, this can include working with sand trays, clay, and other creative mediums, alongside talking therapies. She can work with young people aged 10plus right through to adults in their senior years.

Ceri work is underpinned by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical framework for good practice and she has regular professional supervision as part of this code of ethics.

Katie HANNINGTON

Associate Play Therapist 

 

Katie joined the team at The Rainbow Tree Wales in 2020.

 

Katie has completed an MSc in Child Centred Play Therapy with the University of South Wales and has worked with a range of children including those who have experienced bereavement, domestic abuse, developmental trauma, anxiety, depression and attachment difficulties.

 

Before becoming a play therapist, Katie worked in the non-statutory sector, supporting children and families who are affected by domestic abuse. Katie also previously worked in the education sector, she is a qualified primary school and ESOL teacher and has taught children and adults from the age of four upwards.

 Katie is also a Forest School leader and works with a local not- for- profit organisation delivering this to children and young people.

 

Katie has completed Child Parent Relationship Therapy training with The University of Roehampton and delivers this to parents and carers.

 

Katie is a full member of the British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT) and she abides by their code of conduct.

Leah JOnes - BA (Hons), M.Ed, M.Sc (Play Therapy),     

Associate Play Therapist

 

Leah currently has over 10 years experiences working with children and young people. She has worked with primary aged children in a variety of educational settings after she gained her master’s degree of education. From 2016 to 2018,  Leah trained as a Play Therapist to master level at the University of  South Wales as she is always keen to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Leah is a fully qualified member of the British Association of Play Therapist (BAPT) and her practice is supervised and meets BAPT ethical standards. Leah’s experience includes working with children that have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse, loss and bereavement as well as children who have low self-esteem, withdrawal, aggressive behaviour and anger issues, and those with self-regulation difficulties, ADHD and autism.

 

 Leah has the ability to attune with children and young people, to understand how they are feeling and is committed to enabling, empowering, encouraging and helping them to turn around and become resilient based on their individual needs. She also supports parents, carers and teachers, providing therapeutic strategies to enable them to effectively support children and young people.

 

Leah has a special interest in family breakdown and childhood trauma.

Celine Esposito

Associate Play Therapist

 

Celine completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with Leeds Beckett University and is a Certified Play Therapist registered with Play Therapy UK.

 

Celine has recently arrived in Wales having most recently lived in Kyiv, Ukraine and Yangon in Myanmar. In those countries she gained experience working with a range of children and families including those with mild to severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, attachment difficulties and developmental trauma.  

 

Celine’s interest in Play Therapy came from being a humanitarian aid worker when she sometimes felt helpless when meeting children who had experienced trauma or were facing challenging situations. She decided to research how she could directly support children struggling with difficult experiences and emotional difficulties. 

 

So she began her training in 2015 and this is where her journey from aid worker to Play Therapist began!

 

Celine works using an integrative holistic model of therapy.  She works with the children and their families and carers in a respectful, non-judgemental and supportive way.  

 

Celine has additional specialism and has completed Level2 of DIR Floortime to address the mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children. 

 

 

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