The Therapist

All therapy is carried out by a fully qualified Play Therapist and Counsellor. Debbie Collins has had a practice since 2001 at St Barnabas House and is a fully qualified senior accredited counsellor and has been a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists since 1997. She has a Masters in Practice Based Play Therapy. Debbie abides by the BACP code of ethics and PTUK ethical framework ( and holds an enhanced CRB/DBS. Debbie's theoretical orientation is integrative holistic but her therapeutic work with adults and children gives the opportunity to employ a wide variety of additional techniques and skills derived from psychodynamic, person centred CBT and solution focused models. The two major approaches are non-directive play therapy and directive play therapy. Debbie will adopt a mix of both approaches according to circumstances. If your child displays any of the following then they could benefit from play therapy: ADHD difficulties, anger, anxiety, bereavement issues, bullying, being bullied, challenging behaviour, frightened, nightmares, OCD behaviour, sleeplessness or withdrawn.


St Barnabas House offers a fully equipped play therapy room with easily accessed toilet facilities. The room is light and airy and has a variety of toys and creative crafts available. There is a large reception and waiting room for parents and carers.