We work with children one-to-one or in small groups offering Play Therapy to help them explore and express their emotions. Our principal and founder is an accredited play therapist, trained with PLAY THERAPY UK, and registered with BACP. She has been working with children for a number of years using non-directive play therapy approaches.

Play Therapy is based on Virginia Axline’s (1969) eight key principles, where we adopt a non-judgmental approach, allowing the child to lead the session at their pace, set clear boundaries appropriate to the needs of the individual and enable them to explore and express their emotions and have these validated. In turn this helps children express themselves and find ways of coping with their difficulties.

Children are referred for different reasons, which may include: Witnessing domestic abuse, dealing with family separation, drug and alcohol addictions, bereavement, and diagnosis of physical and mental disabilities, bullying, low self-esteem, anger issues and/or family breakdowns.

We take referrals from parents/carers, schools, voluntary and statutory organisations. If you would like to make a referral please click here.

Individual sessions are charged at £40-£50 per session. This also includes parent/professional meetings and reports where appropriate throughout the therapeutic work.

All referrals are for a minimum of 12 sessions.

Therapeutic play sessions

Create Hope have designated workers and volunteers who will come into local schools to deliver therapeutic support to children. We offer one-to-one sessions, using integrative creative therapeutic approaches.

All our workers and volunteers will complete our 40-hour in-house training course before starting direct work with children.

We also provide DBS checks, indemnity insurance, safeguarding training and clinical supervision for all our volunteers and workers.

Sessions cost between £30-£40 each, which includes meetings with parent/carers, Teachers and other professionals where appropriate. We can also provide termly reports on request.

If a school requests multiple sessions, rates can be negotiated.

School sessions are generally funded through pupil premium budgets.

If you are interested in this please contact us for more details.

Family systemic therapy sessions

We offer support to families struggling with different environmental issues such as those affected by domestic abuse, bereavement, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction and separated families trying to co-parent.

These sessions are for the whole family, or groups within the family targeting specific issues. The aim of these is to help families find restoration and deeper understanding of each other’s needs.

Our practitioner, currently completing her second year in family systemic therapy, will carry them out.

The cost for this service is between £45 - £60 per session.

These can take place in schools, family home or neutral location as agreed with therapist and family.

Family work sessions

At Create Hope we believe in a holistic approach to the support we offer. Alongside the Play Therapy and therapeutic work with children in schools we also offer emotional support to parents/carers as well.

Trained workers and volunteers will come alongside parents/carers within their homes or at a pre-agreed location. This gives parents/carers the opportunity to explore their own emotional responses and also experience some of the creative therapeutic approaches their children do.

If you are interested please contact us and our family worker Sarah Hardy will be in touch.

This service relies on donations and grant funding.



We offer training sessions for schools and for other organisations.


Training sessions for schools

We run training sessions for teachers and support staff. Below are some topics we cover:

  • Working with anxiety in a classroom setting.
  • Working with anger in a classroom setting.
  • Building self-esteem in children.
  • Relaxation as a teaching method.
  • Creating therapeutic environments in schools
  • Building resilience in children.

Training days cost between £250 - £500 depending on length and number of participants.

Please contact us for more information and to discuss your specific needs.


Training session for organisations

We run training for voluntary and statutory services equipping staff supporting children and families. Our training is based on key principles from Play Therapy, enabling staff to work more therapeutically with children and create a safe, nurturing environment.

Training days cost between £250 - £500 depending on length and number of participants.

Please contact us for more information and to arrange a bespoke package to meet your needs.


Assemblies and PSHE lessons

We can deliver whole school assemblies or PSHE lessons to year groups focusing on emotional literacy and helping children explore and express their emotions safely. Here are some of the topics we can cover:

  • Exploring our worries
  • Building lasting friendships
  • Emotions, feelings and thoughts and how to handle them.
  • The wobble inside me – dealing with anxiety
  • The volcano inside me – dealing with Anger


The costs vary from £100 - £250 depending on the length of training and number of participants.

For more information and to book please contact us.



We offer group work for children and for adults.

Group work for children

We run therapeutic groups for children in schools helping them with low self-esteem, peer relationships, bereavement, social skills, family separation, low level anxiety and anger.

Sessions are tailored to the needs of the group and use principles from Play therapy. They are activity based using different play and creative based activities to engage children to explore emotional response, thoughts and feelings.


Group sessions are charged at £60 per session, we would normally run a course of 6 – 8 sessions with 4 – 6 participants.

For more information or to make a referral please contact us.


Group work for adults

We run therapeutic groups for adults using different creative materials to help you get in touch with your feelings. These courses are aimed at creating space to explore past hurts, identify areas of change and explore relationships.

Group sessions are charged at £70 per session, we would normally run a course of 6 – 8 sessions with 8 – 10 participants.

For more information please contact us.