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Cara Play Therapy

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Welcome to Cara Play Therapy. Cara Play Therapy is committed to offering and providing high quality Play Therapy services to children of all ages while also offering services to support parents.

Cara Play Therapy is located at Manor Stone, Ballacolla, Co.Laois, serving Portlaoise and surrounding areas. 

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Play Therapy Sessions 

Before booking your child in for Play Therapy sessions, a consultation meeting will be organised where the therapist will ask some questions and go through all relevant forms. After agreeing a suitable starting date, a block of 12 sessions are scheduled. Play Therapy sessions last for a duration of 45 minutes. 

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'Emma is a fantastic Play Therapist. So warm, fun and friendly. She is an absolute natural with children, with a lovely positive and caring attitude. Happy to highly recommend her'

About Cara Play Therapy 

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Emma Hogan, founder of 'Cara Play Therapy' has a B.A in Contemporary Culture & Society from DCU, B.A in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Pedagogy from Portobello Institute, a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play, a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy from NUI Galway. Emma holds professional membership in Play Therapy Ireland and Irish Play Therapists Community Association. Emma is fully compliant with PTirl and IPCTA policies and is fully Garda vetted and insured. 

After working as a Montessori and preschool teacher, Emma decided to pursue working as a Play Therapist full time and set up Cara Play Therapy which offers private sessions, group sessions, Family Resource centre and school support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If there’s something you need more details about that isn’t mentioned here, please get in touch for more information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

What is Play Therapy? 

Play Therapy helps children of all ages to express themselves in their own way; especially if they are struggling to understand how they are feeling, or are finding it hard to articulate their experiences and emotions.

What are the benefits of Play Therapy?

Play therapy creates a safe and non-judgemental space place for children to express their inner feelings, thoughts and experiences. Through Play Therapy sessions, each individual uses tools and materials to process their emotions and experiences which in turn makes way to the development of coping skills and self-esteem.

What can I do to help my child's process? 

Throughout supporting your child's process while attending Play Therapy sessions there are many steps you can take: 
-Being consistent and encouraging towards sessions. 
-Respecting that Play Therapy is your child's time and space. 
-Communicating any concerns to the Play Therapist. 
-Validating your child's process and emotions.

What happens in a Play Therapy session? 

Play Therapy sessions usually take place within a private Play Therapy room where the Play Therapist works alongside the child on a one-to-one basis. During the session, the play is child centred and non-directive which gives the child the opportunity to choose activities and materials. This can be explored verbally or non-verbally. 

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Contact Us

Please call the number above, drop an email to schedule an appointment or use the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Manor Stone, M8 Junction 3, Ballacolla, Co. Laois,R32 X8H7, Ireland

089 262 1793

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Opening Hours

Wednesday 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm

 Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm 


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