Natalie Palmer, PTUK Play Therapist based in Greenwich, London, UK.  Qualified as a Play Therapist, LEGO Therapist and Rebound Therapist, working therapeutically with children, young people and adults

About Natalie

Certified Play Therapist 




Hello! It is great to have you here.  

 

I am passionate about working creatively to support children and young people find ways of expressing themselves and the challenges they are experiencing or difficulties they have experienced in the past.

 

I have a special passion for young carers and children with disabilities. which stems from growing up as a young carer for my sister who had a rare chromosomal disability. Following her death, my career path has always focused on helping children to find joy, happiness and safety in the activities they engage in.  

 

As a Play Therapist, I believe that all children and young people, no matter their circumstances, must be given the opportunity to feel safe, to aim high and to achieve their full potential in all aspects of life. I use an integrative holistic model of Play Therapy which integrates the therapeutic use of a wide range of tools such as sand, clay, arts and crafts, therapeutic storytelling, role-play, music, dance and movement. 

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trainee Clinical Supervosor
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy 
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills 
  • BA Hons in Childhood Studies
  • Certified Zentangle teacher (CZT)
  • LEGO Therapy 
  • Level 3 British Gymnastics Trampoline Coach
  • Rebound Therapist 
  • Hula Hoop Instructor


Experience:

  • Volunteer ChildLine Counsellor
  • Special Academy Governor
  • Sensory Play Coordinator and ASD Club Coordinator: Activity clubs for children with disabilities aged 5-12
  • Activities Project Manager for a Learning Disability Charity specialising in short breaks and activities: arts and crafts, circus skills, swimming and group games for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 5 - 25
  • Senior Early Years Team Member for specialist stay and play sessions for children with additional needs under the age of 5
  • Early Years Therapeutic Play Practitioner for a Local Authority therapeutically supporting children in Nurseries and Children's Centres 


Ethical Standards and Background Checks

  • PTUK/ PTI Certified Play Therapist - Member: 201601410
  • Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance: Holistic Insurance Services
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Check
  • ICO Data Controller ID: ZA277946
  • Clinically Supervised by a PTUK registered Clinical Supervisor
  • Membership of PTUK and adherence to their ethical framework


Fun Facts about me:

  • I am able to walk on stilts and breath fire 
  • I qualified as a Hula Hoop Instructor and I make adult hula hoops
  • I accomplished 37 back somersaults in one minute for a fundraiser
  • My little sister ran away and joined the circus (Australian Cirque Du Soleil!) in 2019