Ex­pres­sive Play & Ther­apy Cen­tre

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 -

EX­PRES­SIVE Play in Kil­flynn is a cen­tre com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing a mul­ti­tude of ser­vices for chil­dren. This is achieved through a range of spe­cialised one to one strate­gies that in­cludes child and ado­les­cent psy­chother­apy, play ther­apy, par­ent­ing sup­port, course fa­cil­i­ta­tion & train­ing, chil­dren’s work­shops and adult ed­u­ca­tion.

Run by Edel Lawlor, she is a qual­i­fied Child and Ado­les­cent Psy­chother­a­pist. Edel is an ex­tremely mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­ual with an abil­ity to en­cour­age staff and vol­un­teers alike. By help­ing them to recog­nise the im­por­tance of their role in sup­port­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies, Edel cre­ates the per­fect at­mos­phere in her cen­tre that is con­ducive to work­ing with and help­ing chil­dren.

The knock on ef­fect of this im­pacts on what Ex­pres­sive Play aims to achieve as a ser­vice. Edel’s own chil­dren are also a key part of the fam­ily busi­ness and have grown up with her through each phase of its de­vel­op­ment. This has helped to build a more suc­cess­ful and em­pa­thetic busi­ness with her el­dest daugh­ter, Clodagh, now train­ing to be a play ther­a­pist, while daugh­ter, Bro­gan, has just started her stud­ies in So­cial Care. Edel’s youngest daugh­ter also helps out at the cen­tre.

This busi­ness is unique in Kerry as it pro­vides a mul­ti­tude of ser­vices which, when cou­pled with Edel’s ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with chil­dren from all walks of life, helps to cre­ate a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for healing ex­ten­sive trauma. Edel is an ex­tremely de­ter­mined and am­bi­tious woman when it comes to her work. In 2016 she self-or­gan­ised the visit of Dr Bruce Perry to Tralee for a con­fer­ence which was at­tended by in­ter­ested par­ties na­tion­wide. Dr Perry is one of the world’s fore­most ex­perts in child ther­apy and trauma, and Edel ap­plies many of his tech­niques in her own work.

The Ex­pres­sive Play Cen­tre also re­ceives re­fer­rals from courts, so­cial work­ers, schools, men­tal health ser­vices, doc­tors, so­lic­i­tors and fam­ily re­source cen­tres who recog­nise the value and key work that Edel and the Ex­pres­sive Play team pro­vide. Edel has de­vel­oped a solid rep­u­ta­tion for her work over the years and is trusted among many lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als for her cre­ativ­ity and ex­per­tise.

Edel has also trav­elled around Ire­land de­liv­er­ing spe­cialised work­shops and help­ing ther­a­pists set up their own busi­ness. Ex­pres­sive Play has started out as a lo­cal ini­tia­tive but has very much branched out to be­come a na­tion­ally recog­nised one.

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