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Play Therapy

Individual Play Therapy is assessed on a case-by-case basis. The length and intensity of a Play Therapy intervention can be discussed with the therapist. Short-term, medium-term or longer-term Play Therapy is available. The length and intensity of the therapy are dependent on the complexity of the reason for referral. Play Therapy sessions usually take place weekly and last 1 hour. A short-term intervention is typically 6-8 sessions, medium-term 10-16 sessions, and longer-term work 24+ sessions.

Filial Therapy

Where suitable Kate prefers to work with individual children in family systems. In Play Therapy, Filial Therapy has the strongest treatment effect. In Filial Therapy the Play Therapist works with the whole family system. Filial Therapy can be adapted to suit the individual needs of different families or organisations. 

Group Play Therapy

Group Play Therapy can be delivered within schools or other community services. Charities can commission Group Play Therapy where the children participating share a common factor, such as children who have suffered domestic violence.

Kate has experience with Non-Directive Play Therapy groups. These groups are very closely based on individual play therapy. By ensuring a small group size (4-6) children, and a high ratio of therapeutically trained staff for the groups, children are able to work therapeutically with the added dimension of social peer relationships, teamwork and problem-solving included in the therapy.


The Teacher's Optimal Relationship Approach (TORA) has been developed and researched by Kate Renshaw over the last 15 years. TORA is a researched and evidence-based approach to mental health and well-being in schools. Contact Kate if your school would like to request more information or to book an initial consultation.


The Contextualised Optimal Relationship Approach (CORA) has developed from TORA. CORA allows for a diverse range of professionals in a range of practice settings to develop their relational and engagement skills with children. 

Contact Kate if your organisation would like to request more information or to book an initial consultation. 

Therapeutic Assessment

Is a specialist skill set that enables Kate to assess a child therapeutically. She would work with the referrer/family to agree on what assessments will best suit the child, family and scenario. A combination of observations, child developmental play-based assessments and a series of play therapy sessions are usually included in the assessment process.

Therapeutically assessing a child enables the social, emotional, behavioural and developmental needs to be considered and explored. Assessments can be written up as detailed reports.

Professional Development

Professional development for Registered Play Therapists is offered by Kate Renshaw. Contact her to enquire about the range of topics offered. 

Clinical Supervision

Kate Renshaw has been a registered Play Therapy Clinical Supervisor since 2012. She draws on both her work in the UK and in Australia to offer a rich experience base for case exploration and reflection on practice. She uses her Person Centred clinical skills to allow Play Therapists (and other professionals play within their practice) to explore current cases and examples of practice to foster growth. Ideally, experiential materials such as sand tray, miniature figurines, art materials, and toys are incorporated into supervision. Kate supervises Play Therapists both face-to-face and remotely. She currently supervises Play Therapists within the Australasia Pacific region. Kate's areas of expertise in supervision are: Integrative Humanistic Play Therapy, Child-Centred Play Therapy, Group Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Systemic practice, and education-based Play Therapy.

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