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Olive Branch Therapies - Play Therapy & Child-Parent Relationship Therapy

General Details

Olive Branch Therapies is an organisation that currently provides both Play Therapy (primarily non-directive) and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy services. 

Play Therapy can help children work through and make sense of difficult experiences or troubling feelings in their life through play. Play can help a child's emotional well-being and help them understand their thoughts and feelings at their own pace. Play Therapy can help children learn to accept themselves and others, leading to positive effects on relationships with their peers, their teachers, and their families.

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is a structured 10 session filial therapy model intervention that works with parents in a supportive group setting to teach them the basic skills of child-centred play therapy. Equipping the parent with these skills enables them to conduct their own regular play sessions with their children as the relationship between parent and child is more significant in the child’s life than that of the child and therapist. CPRT teaches parents to identify and respond to their children's feelings, use reflective and active listening skills, set effective boundaries, and augment their children's self-esteem. CPRT is also a good intervention for helping child-parent relationships that are already positive. It can enable parents to support their children through difficult experiences or life events. It has been effective for: parents with step children, parents with fostered or adopted children, families affected by physical or mental illness, and children recovering from abuse or trauma.

Who to contact

Jim Morehouse
Director of Olive Branch Therapies

Where to go

Schools or suitable alternate venues.
Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Lakenheath, Ixworth, Kesgrave, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, Suffolk, Newmarket, Framlingham, Felixstowe, West Suffolk, Mildenhall, Needham Market
Parking available

Days & Times

Monday - Friday
Time of day
Session Information
Session last between 35-50 minutes depending on the client.

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Play Therapy - £45 Per session
Cost Details
Please contact for more information about costs. Some concessions are available.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

No GP referral necessary.

All enquiries will be responded to as soon as possible and an initial meeting will be free of charge.

Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Young people

Accreditation details
MSc Play Therapy (BAPT Accredited, from Oct 2018), CPCAB Child Counselling Level 3+, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy training (University of Roehampton), Member of BAPT, Insured by PPS.


Children who benefit from play therapy include those who may be suffering from:

  • Anxiety or depression (poor mental health)
  • Poor social skills and peer relationships
  • Trauma, loss or bereavement
  • Difficulties with adoption/fostering
  • Family breakdown: divorce, separation
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Nightmares and or disturbed sleep
  • Bullying or being bullied
  • Withdrawal/constantly unhappy
Last Updated

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Play Therapy can benefit any children with social, emotional and behavioural problems. It can help communication, support mental health conditions, and even provide emotional support for children with learning difficulties.

Conditions Supported
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions

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