My names Lizzie and I love being creative, exploring wildlife, growing food, building absolutely anything, going on long walks, rock climbing, swimming, ariel silks and learning new things. Although my main career path has been within the social care and therapeutic field, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to pursue other passions and skills. Some of these skills have related back to my work in social care and therapy, to form the development of Outdoor Therapy, Therapeutic Landscapes and Teaching.
My social care work began in South Africa, where I worked as a Youth Worker for three years. Over the next 10 years I worked with families in substance misuse, counselling, and supporting vulnerable women in the sex industry. In 2012 I completed an MSc in Social Work at Bristol University. Whilst working as a Social Worker in Child Protection I discovered my love for therapy, so pursued an MA in Play Therapy, at the University of South Wales. Gaining experience with children from varying social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds, during my two qualifying years as a Play Therapist I completed more than 130 hrs of clinical practice, and 60 hours of personal therapy. In November 2015 I became a qualified practitioner, and have been working as a self-employed Play Therapist ever since.
When I am not working as a therapist, I work as a sustainable builder and landscaper. I have a deep respect for the earth we belong to, so continually explore ways I can adapt my living to be more sustainable and environmentally ethical. In 2015 as part of this exploration I completed my Permaculture Certificate, and have been privileged to be part of the teams building an outdoor kitchen at Boiling Wells, St Werburgh’s City Farm; a Strawbale Barn at the Avon WildLife Trust’s project Feed Bristol; and a new eco house new build in the centre of Bristol, first as a volunteer and then as a professional. I continue to work both professionally and voluntarily at different landbased projects in the South West, and Devon, using my creative and practical learning at these projects to develop further my work in therapeutic landscapes and outdoor play therapy. If you would like to know more about these projects, and my work in these areas please click on the links, or go to my blog.
As a professional therapist I am fully insured, DBS checked, registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) as a Social Worker, and registered with BAPT (British Association of Play Therapy) as a Play Therapist. I also see on a regular basis a supervisor who is a fully qualified Child Psychotherapist. If you would like to know more about my Play Therapy work please click here.