IAPTP, IAHIP   Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (Specialising in Play Therapy)     Clinical Supervisor


Healing Through Play


Hi, My name is Maria Ryan


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist based in Dublin. I provide services in psychotherapy and play and creative play therapy to help and support children and teens with behavioural, emotional, and relationship issues. I have close to 15 years’ experience and through my clinical practice,  I have gained a breadth of experience in ASD, disability,  attachment, neglect, abuse and trauma.  I have taken a special interest in working with teens, particularly in relation to identity, intellectual disability , asd and anxiety.


Using Play and Creative based psychotherapy can help explore, reorganise and potentially resolve big feelings in a developmentally appropriate and confidential space. In this way, your child can work in an appropriate space at an appropriate pace.

I work with children who may be impacted by:



Feelings of anxiety or Overwhelmed


Anger or impulse control

Hospitalisation/ Early childhood trauma

Transitioning back to school post covid

Attachment Difficulties

Children may also find play therapy and psychotherapy useful in the following circumstances:

  • To help manage a transition

  • Build self-esteem, confidence and competence

  • Or to support and strengthen coping skills.

It is an ideal intervention for developing emotional literacy, fluency and regulation or school

related issues that may have affected their emotional regulation.

Children who are on the autism spectrum or struggle with sensory processing difficulties may also benefit from working with a play therapist or child



Theraplay Level 1, Level 2 and Group Theraplay

  • Filial Therapy Training

  • Integrative Sandplay Studies

  • TraumaPlay Training with Paris Goodyear Brown

  • Tele-Play Therapy Training

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