My name is Ann Roe and I am an Accredited Play Therapist I have trained with The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy affiliated to Canterbury Christchurch University in the United Kingdom.

I also hold the title of Certified Theraplay Practitioner, where my training is ongoing with the Word Theraplay Institute.

I am also a Qualified Healthcare Play Specialist registered with NAHPS UK (BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Specialised Play for Sick Children and Young People). As a mentor, I have worked along side nurse specialist, multi-disciplinary teams and individual families.

Over the years I have completed various other training courses in first aid, child protection, non-violent intervention and confronting bullying, mindfulness. I have worked with children for more than twenty years and during this time I have had the privilege of working with various organisations including child welfare agencies, hospitals, schools and institutional facilities. During my time with each organisation, I learned to use different modalities of play to enable children to cope with life’s “up’s and downs”. This has allowed me to gain an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience. It is that unique combination of skills and experience that I incorporate into Footsteps Play Therapy / Theraplay Service.

My role as a therapist is to identify what children need and to guide them through this therapeutic process. My own life experience as a parent and the vast knowledge gained over the years has given me a keen awareness and appreciation of children's needs.