Helen Axelby

Hello, I’m Helen. I am a PTUK qualified Play Therapist who is passionate about supporting children to build their resilience, positivity, and creativity.

Before training as a therapist, I was a teacher for 20 years and saw first-hand the challenges children face in their every day lives. I know how difficult it can be to understand the way we are feeling and the emotions we are experiencing, especially if we are going through something difficult or something that is worrying us.  

I’m passionate about helping children to work through troubling issues, building resilience, and helping them to feel a better sense of balance in their lives. As play and the arts is a child’s natural language, what better way to communicate than through play?

Play therapy is:

. Client centred

. Permissive

. Non – judgemental

. Balanced between directive and non- directive approaches

. Accepting

. Safe and confidential with simple, clear boundaries.

Some of the potential benefits of Play therapy include:

Alleviation of anxiety, improved resilience, development of empathy and respect, increased self-esteem, greater confidence, improved concentration, enhanced communication, development of social skills.


I have undergone rigorous training with APAC who are affiliated to Leeds Beckett University, who act as training providers for PTUK. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play and Diploma in Play therapy. 

I am listed on the accredited register with PTUK, I have annual safeguarding training, I hold a current DBS certificate and Public Liability insurance and am registered with the ICO.

I am committed to upholding PTUK’s ethical principles and receive regular supervision to ensure my safe and reflective practise.

What I offer:

Introduction: Meet with parents/ Guardians. A chance to discuss approaches, understand background and establish how Play Therapy can help.

Individual Play: One to one. Weekly individually tailored sessions -each 40 minutes long.

I charge £55 per session.


Current availability:

Saturday Mornings and afternoons.