Amy-Louise has worked with children, young people and families for over 15 years in a variety of educational and social care settings. She has a background in Special Needs in primary, secondary and special provisions. She has mentored and provided therapeutic intervention for children through difficult experiences and times in their lives specialising in trauma, attachment, complex communication difficulties, loss and separation. Amy-Louise has provided consultancy and advisory services to schools and social care services for several years. 


In addition Amy-Louise has experience working in mental health provision, community based care, residential care homes, young parent housing and support schemes and designated special provision for behaviour in mainstream education. Amy-Louise has enjoyed volunteering within the Creative arts and disability sector for a number of years. She is currently an active member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) as part of their PR and Communication team and a volunteer for Rethink Mental Illness on the information panel.


Amy-Louise has an MA in Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton. She is registered with The British Association of Play Therapists and works within the BAPT ethical framework. She has regular clinical supervision with a BAPT registered clinical supervisor and has a full enhanced CRB check.


As a Play and Filial Therapist Amy-Louise has received extensive training in subjects such as child development, interpersonal communication, abuse and neglect, therapeutic life story work, trauma and attachment (the bonding process). She has been trained to use play as a medium for understanding and communicating with children about their feelings, thoughts and behaviours. In addition Amy-Louise has further trained as a family Filial Therapist and provides this form of therapy to Children's centres, nurseries, schools and specialist provisions.


Amy-Louise has extensive training and experience in supporting children with a range of Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. She is trained to a high standard in a variety of therapeutic interventions for children and families. She is experienced and innovative in facilitating her work on a 1:1 and group basis to meet the needs of individuals. Through playing-It-Out Amy-Louise and her team provide Social, Emotional and Mental Health support within education and social care.


Child-Centered Play & Filial Therapist, Creative and Expressive Practitioner and Mentor


BA (Hons) Creative and Expressive Therapies. Major (Art Therapy)


MA Play Therapy (Trauma informed Psychotherapist)

Certificate Filial Therapy

Active Member of The British Association of Play Therapists (PR and Communication Team)

Amy-Louise White BA (Hons) MA, BAPT 


'I am a dedicated and motivated individual who is passionate about my therapeutic work with children and families. I have spent many years removing barriers to children's learning and development whilst providing therapeutic intervention to promote conditions for children to thrive, heal and reach their maximum potential.


I know it can be a little daunting when seeking help and support for the first time. If you would like to call or email me with no obligation, I will be happy to listen and may even be able to help.' -Amy-Louise


Teacher, Tutor, Mentor and Group Facilitator

BA Hons Film and Television

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Foundation in Play Therapy

We are delighted to introduce Ben. He has worked alongside us as an associate Teacher, Creative and Expressive Facilitator, Adviser and Mentor.

Ben has worked with children within Education and Mental Health for over 10 years. He is a fully qualified teacher and is passionate about his holistic, nurturing and creative approach to children's learning and development. Ben has a wide range of experience working with children and young people across both the primary and secondary age range. He has taught and tutored from Foundation stage all the way through to GCSE level in both group and one-to-one settings and he continues to work successfully with a number of clients as a home tutor.


Ben has dedicated many years engaging vulnerable children with education and learning. He has particularly enjoyed working with Looked After Children allowing the child's developmental stages to dictate the content, style and pace of his teaching. Ben has mentored and coached many children and young people to remove barriers that may impact an individual from reaching their full potential.

Ben is passionate about the theatre and has enjoyed being a part of several theatre groups throughout his career. He is a keen actor whose last appearance on stage was in Romeo and Juliet. He holds a great appreciation of the value that drama has as an art form and as a tool for expression. Ben is an enthusiastic facilitator of our drama and theatrical skills workshops at Playing-It-Out. He has observed the great benefit of reaching and engaging young people through this form.

Ben is currently working on the development of our Forest and Outdoor Education programmes as well as establishing a theatre group for children and young people.

Ben Richardson BA (Hons) PGCE

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