“Developing self-awareness and supporting emotional well-being.”

Play Therapy

I use an integrative, holistic, child-centred approach through Play Therapy.
This allows the child to take the lead in choosing from a range of creative media to explore the life themes that are most relevant to them.

My approach is

  • Child-centred
  • Permissive
  • Non-judgmental
  • Balanced between non-directive and directive approaches, depending on needs of client
  • Safe and confidential with simple, clear boundaries.

Creative exploration within a trusting, therapeutic relationship enables the child to develop self-awareness, make sense of their situation, and to overcome difficulties, supporting their emotional well-being.

A balance of directive and non-directive techniques are used, according to the child’s individual needs and response in each session. I take guidance from Play Therapy UK’s ‘Ethical Principles’ (PTUK). I receive regular supervision from a professional creative therapist to ensure my safe and reflective practice.

Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program

At times, all parents can feel lost or without a clue about what their child might need or how to respond to behaviours that feel difficult.
The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is an 8 week course based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Objectives of the programme

  • To recognise your child’s emotional needs, and to understand his/her behaviour

  • Support your child’s ability to control his/her emotions

  • Improve your child’s self image

  • To be a better parent and give your child more security

Who will benefit from Circle of Security® Parenting™ training?

  • Biological parents,
  • Adoptive parents,
  • Foster parents,
  • Caregivers such as au-pairs and nannies
  • Any adult who is in charge of taking care of a child / children,
  • And of course – the children!!


Charles Way, Constantia

Cape town


Morning session: 09:30 – 11:30

Evening session: 19:00 – 21:00

(I will work out a day that suits the group)

Presented / Facilitated by

Neda O’Donovan

Play Therapist and Registered Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program

Registrations & Enquiries

Neda: 072 128 2309


Feedback from other parents

“Everything about the course has been very relevant to where we are at with our children and myself”

“… unpacking my emotions and my child’s needs during the course really helped me to see how I could have handled situations differently”

“As a new parent I feel like I now have the tools to become a “good enough” mother. The circle of security framework seems like a good foundation and will give me more confidence as the emotional needs of my child grow”

Get in touch

Constantia, Cape Town

} Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

072 128 2308

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