Shirley Mearing is a qualified, registered, Creative Arts and Play Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor, having gained both qualifications with Play Therapy UK (PTUK). She is a member of the register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists which is managed by PTUK and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Shirley specializes in Sand Tray Therapy and holds a Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies gained from Kent University. Shirley brings with her many years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families from within the health, education, social care and voluntary sectors.
Creative Arts and Non Directive Play Therapy is person centred with play and metaphor being the primary medium. The dynamic process that takes place between child and Play Therapist from within a trusting, safe, relationship enables the child to explore issues past and present, conscious and unconscious and uses the child’s inner resources to bring about growth and change. A variety of mediums is on offer to the child to choose from including puppets, imaginative play, creative visualization, therapeutic story, music, Mandala’s, clay, sand, paint, and other creative arts materials.