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PLay Therapists in EssexHighly Professional Play Therapists in Essex.

The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Play Therapists in Essex

The Play Therapists at The Owl Centre in Essex combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.



Sarah Day, BA (Hons), Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (provisional)

Sarah Day, BA (Hons), Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (provisional)

Sarah trained and is registered with PTUK. She provides 1-1 non-directive play therapy sessions with children aged 3-12 years old.

For children, play is one of the most powerful ways of communicating and working things out. Play therapy is a creative mode of therapy, aimed at helping children and young people explore their emotions in a safe and unconditionally positive and accepting environment.

Sarah has worked with individual children and groups experiencing attachment difficulties, trauma, anxiety, and social and emotional behaviour difficulties. As a primary teacher, and mum to three children, she has supported children with autism spectrum disorders and additional learning needs.

Sarah is committed to enabling the child or young person to explore and express their difficult feelings and to help them achieve a more positive view of themselves.

Sarah is based on the Essex and Essex borders and is able to provide appointments in the following areas:

  • Braintree
  • Epping
  • Great Dunmow
  • Harlow
  • Hatfield Broad Oak
  • Haverhill
  • Newport
  • North Weald
  • Saffron Walden
  • Sawbridgeworth
  • Stansted



Sue Gascoyne MA, MPTUK, MBACP (pending), PGCert.Therapeutic Play, PG Dip. Distinction, Play Therapy, Level 1 Theraplay and MIM

Sue Gascoyne MA, MPTUK, MBACP (pending), PGCert.Therapeutic Play, PG Dip. Distinction, Play Therapy, Level 1 Theraplay and MIM

Sue Gascoyne is an experienced accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist offering support to children aged 3 to 16 years. With a background as a Sensory Engagement Specialist, educational consultant, early years researcher and author, Sue holds a PG Certificate in Therapeutic Play and PG Diploma with Distinction in Play Therapy (Leeds Beckett University). Trained to Level 1 Theraplay and MIMs, Sensory Attachment Integration, and Life Story work with troubled children and teenagers, Sue is currently undertaking an (online) Diploma in CBT.

As play is a child’s natural form of communication, Sue uses Play and Creative Arts Therapy to provide a safe, unconditionally positive and accepting environment in which the child or young person can be supported in expressing their feelings and developing positive strategies for change. Skilled in supporting not just the client, but also the team around the child, whilst respecting confidentiality, has proved an effective approach to delivering sustainable improvements in the children that Sue works with.

Since 2014, Sue has provided a Play Therapy service in numerous Primary and Junior Schools as well as to private clients, looked-after children and specialist provision for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural issues. Sue supports children experiencing a variety of problems including trauma, transitions, bereavement, family and attachment issues, autistic spectrum disorders, bullying and peer relations, sensory processing issues, abuse and a lack of self-esteem and resilience. Her work has helped deliver positive changes and benefits in and outside school, preventing children from being at risk of exclusion or disruption of foster care placements; helping children to safely express their emotions; improve behaviour and peer relations and engage in their learning.

Sue’s intuitive, caring approach enables clients to express and manage their emotions and develop self-esteem, self-regulation and resilience as well as preparing them for learning. Sue works individually and on a group basis with children aged 3 to 16 years using creative media, non-directive and Theraplay based activities to help them overcome personal, social and emotional difficulties. Sue particularly specialises in working with children in care with complex needs such as autism or social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which put them at risk of exclusion from school or breakdown of foster care placements.

Sue is also able to provide family intervention using Theraplay-based approaches wherein the parent is empowered to be the agent of change for their child. Sue primarily works around Essex and Suffolk, however, she is able to provide outreach therapy sessions in schools, organisations and with private clients (potentially subject to travel time charges) in the following areas:

  • Braintree
  • Brightlingsea
  • Chelmsford
  • Clacton
  • Colchester
  • Dedham
  • Felixstowe
  • Frinton
  • Harlow
  • Harwich
  • Ipswich
  • Jaywick
  • Manningtree
  • Mersea
  • St Osyth
  • Sudbury




Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.


Please click here to find more information about the private play therapy services provided by our Play Therapists in Essex.


You can fill in our booking form by clicking here or if you want to discuss how we can help with play therapy services across Essex, please contact us.

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