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Play Therapy Galway and Creative Therapy

Play Therapy Galway with Helplink is for children aged 3 to 10 years old. For young children aged 11-15, we offer our Creative Therapy service. Play Therapy allows children the time and space to work out what may be troubling them. We want to help each child to fulfil their full potential. Most importantly, it allows them to express their feelings through their most natural method of communication – PLAY. We believe play is one of the most important vehicles for children to know and accept themselves and others.

Our Galway Play Therapy and Creative Therapy appointments are 45 minutes long. They are non-directive and non-investigative in nature. This means, the child leads the sessions and the therapist follows. In addition, the room holds the play therapy ‘tool kit’ which includes:

  • sand
  • clay
  • puppets
  • role play
  • art materials
  • therapeutic stories
  • creative visualisations
  • music/movement

Play Therapy Galway

We want to make sure that all children feel comfortable at our sessions. Due to this, we encourage the child to express the negative or difficult emotions through their actions. The therapist is able to track and observe what is happening and gently guide the session when necessary. The therapist provides the space which allows the child/young person to play as they need to.  As a result, our sessions have as little limits as possible but as many as is necessary for physical and emotional safety. All play/creative therapy sessions are confidential. Therefore, details of the sessions shall only be disclosed in line with child protection procedures.


Who is this Play Therapy Galway for?

We believe at Helplink that any child over the age of 3 years can benefit from play therapy. This type of therapy nurtures creative thinking, builds self-esteem, confidence, resilience and much more. Furthermore, play therapy can be specifically used to support children with any emotional or behavioural difficulties. Ones who have suffered bereavement/loss, suffering with anxiety. Also, it can help children who are having any family issues. Naming only a few, there are a wide range of benefits for children from Play and Creative Therapy.

Creative therapy is for older children aged 11 to 15 as above this service can assist these children across multiple areas. At this time appointments are only available in Galway City.



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I did just want to drop you a quick line to say thanks for all the work you did with our son this year. He is much more content, and has none of the issues he had when we first made the referral. He still experiences big emotions, but seems better able to manage and understand them, and even better still he can now say he is proud of himself which is not something I expected. This was something he never said before and would shy away from, but he has grown in confidence over the last number of months.

Parent of an 8 year old Child 13th July 2018

Our Play/Creative Therapist


Denise Gordon is graduate of NUI Galway and the Academy of Child and Play Psychotherapy. Play Therapy Galway TherapistDenise holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Based Play Therapy (NFQ:Level 9). Denise has also completed her Degree in Arts with Children Studies (NUIG).

All of Denise’s work is guided by the Play Therapy International Framework and she is a member of Play Therapy Ireland. For more on Play Therapy Ireland, you can visit their Website at Furthermore, Denise is supervised, insured and Garda vetted.

Fee for appointment/s

If either parent/caregiver is working the fee for one appointment is 65 Euro*

However, if both parents/caregivers (or if lone parent) are (is) unemployed or full-time students one appointment is 45 Euro

*Employed Parents/Carers can also buy a bundle of 8 appointments for 500 Euro.

Please note; if you want to cancel or postpone your appointment you must do so 48 hours in advance. Consequently, a cancellation fee may apply