Your Play Therapist
Amanda Seyderhelm is a recognised expert in her field of innovative creative play therapy for children. She is a certified Play Therapist based in Stamford, where she focuses her work with children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Her area of specialism is in treating children (and their families) who are suffering with mild to moderate emotional or psychological problems (read more about her therapy practice here).
Amanda is also a published author and an accredited CPD Trainer for practitioners – sharing her methodology and approach. She attributes her decision to exclusively working with children, to her experience participating in two creative arts projects. These projects gave her first-hand experience of the value of working metaphorically with children. (Read Amanda’s blog post about her journey to becoming a Play Therapist).
Contribution to the field of Play Therapy
Amanda is passionate about spreading the word about the importance and value of therapeutic storytelling to anyone working with children. She is continuously working on projects outside of her therapy practice to provide advice, help and support with like-minded organisations.
In her role as a Great Ormond Street Hospital Ambassador, she gives talks to charities and corporate businesses about the work and research GOSH do to deliver treatments for children with life threatening illnesses (innovative surgical treatments). She assisted GOSH in the early days of setting up their Craft Station – so she also gets the opportunity to blend her Play Therapy experience into those talks.
Since 2016, Amanda has trained social workers and family support workers in numerous local authorities on how to use therapeutic play within their work with children. She works with councils and schools to embed the approach into how they work with and support families and children experiencing loss or change.
Amanda is in the process of completing her PhD through Leeds Beckett University, based on how the role of therapeutic storytelling in play therapy affects change in childhood loss and change.
Work with Amanda
If you would like to find out more about Amanda’s work or discuss concerns you have for a child/children, then please do reach out and book a free assessment call.
This call is an opportunity for Amanda to discuss your particular issue privately with you. In that call, she will be able to evaluate whether Play Therapy is a suitable therapeutic option for your child before arranging a consultation.
Amanda is a member of Play Therapy UK (registration number 201100189) and The Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and conforms to its ethical framework, Conduct of Practice, appropriate Clinical Governance procedures and CPD requirements. She is registered on the PSA Approved Play Therapy Register. Her work is clinically supervised, and she has professional liability insurance and a fully enhanced CRB