About Moira Ryan Lynch, Play Therapist

I am a qualified Play Therapist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and families. I have worked with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, additional needs and autistic spectrum disorders. I trained in a child centred non-directive approach to play therapy and an integrative approach. It is my belief that each child and family are unique and they should be helped and supported in a way that suits their individual needs.

Play therapy is based on the belief that play is a child’s natural way of expressing themselves. Through play children can play out their thoughts, feelings and difficulties just as an adult may talk out their difficulties.

The therapeutic relationship between the play therapist and child provides opportunities for healing and development. The child is provided with a safe space where they can express themselves. Play therapy facilitates the development of emotional intelligence and resilience, while helping the child to make sense of their world.

All children can benefit from play therapy as it promotes self-confidence, communication, creativity and problem solving skills.

Possible referrals may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural issues
  • Communication difficulties
  • Delayed development
  • Attachment issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parental separation
  • Bereavement or loss
  • Bullying
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor play skills

In addition, I have completed training in Theraplay level 1 and advanced level 2 Theraplay training. Theraplay is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and engagement. It can be particularly helpful in nurturing and/or repairing attachment relationships. For example, where a child is fostered or adopted or where the child did not form a secure attachment for various reasons, including illness, hospitalization or post-natal depression.

I have always had a deep wish to help children and their families. Following secondary school, I studied Applied Social Studies, followed by Montessori teaching. I then completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. I trained as a Play therapist with the Children’s Therapy Centre and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy.

Children cannot always put their thoughts and feelings into words. Play Therapy provides them with a safe way of expressing themselves and a way of coming to terms with and learning to deal with life’s difficulties and challenges, all in the context of a warm non-judgemental caring relationship.

To book a consultation with Moira Ryan Lynch call One Hour For Me on 01 835 3653 or email info@onehourforme.ie