My name is Donna Stone and I run Dobbie Stones Play and Creative Arts Therapy. I am a Play Therapist, SandStory® Therapist, Supervisor and trainer.
I have worked with children and families in different capacities for the past 30 years. I qualified as a teacher in the mid 1990s and taught every year group from Nursery to Year 6, in a variety of primary schools in both England and Wales. I have also worked with families as a Homestart Volunteer, through running Parent and toddler groups and delivering parenting programmes.
I became a teacher to nurture children and over the years found more and more children were struggling to access education due to a range of difficulties; from anxiety, trauma and loss to experiencing difficulties at home and in school with behaviour and relationships.
It therefore felt like a natural progression to re-train as a Play Therapist with Leeds Beckett University and APAC (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy). I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy.
Children do not live in isolation and often in order for them to change, the people around them need to become more self reflective and attuned as well. This understanding led me to train in PCAP (Parent Child Attachment Play) and Heart-to-Heart with Debi Maskell-Graham. This has enabled me to support parents and school staff to strengthen relationships and support children more effectively.
I am passionate about my work and believe accompanying children on their journey through Play Therapy is a privilege. I work with children individually and with their parents and carers.
I am a member, and adhere to the ethical framework, of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), am insured and DBS certified as well as being registered with the Professional Standards Authority and the ICO. I receive regular clinical supervision.