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The Family Fairy - Play Therapist and Parent Support Adviser
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The Family Fairy offers two services to the families of Cornwall and West Devon:

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of support for children who are in need of emotional, social, or behavioural support.  There are many reasons why this may be needed, for example: a child who has suffered the loss of a loved one; finding a parental separation/divorce difficult; finding it hard socialising with friends; being bullied; has behaviour issues at home or at school; has special educational needs, can benefit from this type of intervention.

Using a variety of creative methods, including clay; sand; music; small world toys; stories; puppets; dance and drama, play therapy allows children to express their emotions and feelings in a safe way.  The main language of a child is play, and many children find it difficult to talk about what they are feeling, especially when they are not always feeling happy.

Using non-directed play therapy allows a child to feel accepted and express their feelings without being rushed or hurried. It is not about ‘fixing’ a child but giving them the tools to help them through this difficult time.  A therapist cannot change the past, but they can help the child to grow more resilient and respect the child’s own ability to heal and grow if given the right support, tools and opportunity.

Parent Support and Advice

I offer a culmination of many different styles and techniques that can be used with children of differing ages.  I have studied and through practical experience, with my own parenting and other professional roles, tried and tested any methods I have used, so you can be assured that they work. 

If you recognise that changes need to be made in your home but don’t know where to start or you are worried to how to do this, my Parent Support and Advice service can help you.  I recognise that every family is different, and what works for one family may differ to another.  Together we will find some new methods for you to try.

Eating, sleeping, socialisation, behaviour, toy attachment, dummy or thumb sucking, bed wetting can all be a great worry for some parents.  Share your worry with me and I can assure you, I can help you overcome any issue.


Who to contact

Contact name
Sharon Gough
07950 859971
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Where to go

At your home or therapy room in Par.

Time / date details

When is it on?
Monday - Friday 9am- 5pm. Appointments can be arranged outside these hours at an additional cost
Session information
Family support - One hour consultation, with a follow up phone call included.
Play therapy session 45 minutes in dedicated playroom in Par, Cornwall.

Other details


No obligation initial phone appraisal - Free

Play Therapy
Minimum of 12 sessions in my dedicated play therapy room in Par, Cornwall. Review meetings with parents roughly every 8 to 12 weeks.

Parent Support and Advice
One hour consultation, including a written individual action plan and further follow up phone call
Further travel costs may be incurred.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?


Age ranges
From 2 years to 12 years
Referral required

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

My playroom is on ground floor level and accessible for wheelchair users.  There is also access to a toilet on this level, if needed.  All my work is carried out on a 1:1 basis with your child so their individual needs are always catered for. 

Staff SEND experience

Every child and family is treated as an individual and any therapy carried out is catered to their needs.  As a qualified primary school teacher and with over 7 years experience working as a play therapist, I have worked with a variety of children and families with SEND.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

Every child is different and not every child finds school an easy place to be.  By having a dedicated time to focus on what it means to be 'me', not only helps a child's self confidence, but it helps remove barriers that may be hindering academic process.  If a child feels emotionally understood and supported, they will have higher concentration levels and be more prepared to 'learn'. 

Support at key transition points

Many children find change and transitions difficult.  Play therapy focuses on the child's individual needs and helps them understand their feelings surrounding these difficult times.  This helps them work through the transitions and changes, promoting resilience; finding an inner strength to help them in their time of need.  

Other local or national support

I am a certified play therapist, registered with PTUK.  Please visit for further information.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

As a registered member of PTUK I follow their ethical framework and they ensure I practice safely.  I also attend supervision once a month.  If, for any reason, you are unhappy with my service and we can not find a resolution, you can contact PTUK and follow their complaint procedures.  

Last updated: 01/08/2020

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