“Anxiety undermines the intellect. Anxiety also sabotages academic performance of all kinds”

Daniel Goleman
Daniel GolemanBehavioural Scientist & Author

Choosing Creative Therapy

Adults/Children suffering with social, emotional, physical and mental health problems respond well to creative therapy. Change happens in the client’s time.

Physical and emotional safety and confidentiality are crucial for the client. PTUK gives guidelines for the safety of clients receiving creative therapy. I work within these guidelines and ethics.

Claire is:

  • A member of Play Therapy UK (PTUK), as such adhering to PTUK’s ethical framework and clinical governance procedures.
  • PSA registered.
  • Data protection registered.
  • Has an up to date DBS check.
  • Clinically supervised on practices by a supervisor approved by PTUK.
  • Covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
  • Attending group meetings, conferences, and further training to ensure best practice is always provided.

True Colours Creative Therapy follows several key theorists ideas, for example, Violet Oaklander, Carl Jung and Virginia Axline.





The Therapist:-

  • Develops a warm, friendly relationship with the client, in which good rapport is established as soon as possible.
  • Accepts the client just as she/he is.
  • Establishes a feeling of permissiveness in the relationship so the client feels free to express his/her feelings completely.
  • Maintains a deep respect for the client’s ability to solve his/her own problems and give the child the opportunity to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the client’s.
  • Does not attempt to direct the client’s actions or conversation in any manner.
  • Does not attempt to hurry the therapy along. It is a gradual process and is recognised as such by the therapist.
  • Establishes those limitations necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make the client aware of his/her responsibility in the relationship.


Before starting creative therapy a consultation will be arranged with the parent and referrer, where an SDQ (Strength and Difficulties questionnaire) assessment tool will be completed along with information about the child’s needs to determine the level of help the child may need and how many sessions may be needed. Before any creative therapy commences it is crucial for a parental consent form to be completed.

After several sessions a review consultation will be arranged with the parent/carer and referrer. At this consultation the parent and referrer may be advised that the child needs more sessions or that the child is ready to end. Once the child has ended the play therapy a consultation will be held with the parent/carer and referrer to discuss further advice or recommendations and suggestions.

However in between arranged consultations if you want to get in touch to discuss your child’s process please do so, I will be more than happy to speak to you. It is a confidential process for the child, however it is important you feel a part of your child’s progress.

* Not all cases will have a referrer for example if it is a private client or if the parents have independently referred their child.


Before starting creative therapy a consultation will be arranged with the client, where an assessment tool will be completed. Information will be gathered about the clients needs as an approximate guide how many sessions they may need. However, there is flexibility within this. Before therapy commences it is crucial for the client to fill in paperwork with the therapist giving their consent for the therapy.

If the client should want to discuss their episode of therapy or to review it at any point a separate appointment can be arranged to do so outside of a therapy appointment. At the end of the episode if the client wishes the therapist can make recommendations of additional strategies they can use or give any necessary advice such as relaxation techniques, books and so forth.


I accept referrals from parents/carers, GP’s, nurses, teachers, schools, health visitors, fostering and adoption agencies, family support, social care and other agencies, as well as taking on private clients. If you would like to find out more about creative therapy please email or phone me to arrange a conversation or meeting.