Play therapy and Counselling in West London
My name is Maira Kalpogiannaki and I am the founder of Play Therapy Foundation. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated professional counsellor and play therapist, interested in working to support the wellbeing of children and young people of any ability level. I am based in West London and my practice is within easy reach of Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Isleworth, Barnes, East Sheen, Chiswick and Hammersmith. I have worked therapeutically with children and adolescents on a part and a full time basis since 2010. I have experience with typically developing children as well as SEND and SEMH individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
I am passionate about sharing my psychotherapeutic skills and experiences to promote a brighter future for children and young people. I am committed to providing play therapy and counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in which children are free to express their feelings and emotions
I work with both the children and their families on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of promoting healthier, happier and safer lives.
Areas of expertise
I am confident in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:
My Personal Approach
I support the opinion that children are the future and they deserve an opportunity in leading the way to happiness. Play is the children's natural habit, through which we experience the world and as a result, we acquire new skills and abilities in order to lead a happy and healthy life. Life however, does not always go as planned! Play Therapy has been supported to be valuable and beneficial in difficult times. Particularly, it has been scientifically proven to facilitate positive changes for everyone involved. A combination of the two major approaches of Play Therapy, which include 'Non-directive play therapy' and 'Directive play therapy', will be used according to circumstances.
During sessions, the children will have access to a great variety of materials and activities and will experience all types of play. In particular, the Play Therapy environment will be structured according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and simultaneously aim to promote the mastery of all seven areas of development which include:
After all, the more children play, the more they develop and the more children develop, the more they enrich their play routines and understand the big world that surrounds us all.
MSc Child Psychology, Kingston University
MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play, Swansea University
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Gloucestershire University
As a member of PTUK i am committed to continuous professional development and have obtained diplomas and CPD accreditations in:
Maira is DBS Checked and on the electronic update service.