Bríd O’ Donoghue Play Therapist

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Bríd O’ Donoghue Play Therapist2022-11-21T19:55:24+00:00

Location: Bray/Wicklow Town

Telephone: 085 8102785                                Email:


Monday afternoons in Wicklow Town

Tuesday afternoons in the Novara Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.


B.A. Psychology –  University College Dublin. (2002-2005)

MSc Applied Psychology – Trinity College Dublin. (2006-2007)

PGCE Primary Teaching – Brunel University, Uxbridge, West London. (2009-2010)

MA Play Therapy  – University of Roehampton, South West London. (2013-2015)

Personal Bio:

Having focused in the area of youth mental health from her undergraduate days studying Psychology in UCD, Bríd starting out working with The National Centre of Youth Mental Health (now Jigsaw). Continuing to work in this area, along with young children in primary schools, Bríd quickly realised the significant lack of suitable child mental health interventions and followed her dream in becoming a Play Therapist. Having graduated with an MA in Play Therapy from London in 2015, Bríd worked predominantly in primary schools, as well as working privately in the London area with children and families, offering 1:1 sessions and Filial Therapy sessions with families in their own homes.

Bríd has worked with children experiencing pre and post bereavement, loss, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, health issues, family breakdown, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, as well as fostered and adopted children, and those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect and experieced domestic violence.

Since 2020, Bríd has returned to Ireland and is working part-time in the area of wellbeing in a primary school, and now has a private practice in Wicklow two days per week.

Area of Interest:

Bereavement and loss, trauma, difficulties with anxiety and low self esteem, parent support, emotional and behavioural difficulties and sensory processing issues.

Additional Trainings:

  • Filial Therapy Practitioner

Filial Therapy, in brief, is a unique combination of Play Therapy and Family Therapy. It builds on a relationship which is already the most important to the child and strengthens the parent-child relationship directly. Filial Therapy within the home can strengthen existing bonds, prevent future difficulties, and help families work through bigger challenges in a playful and creative way.

  • AutPlay Therapy Practitioner

Autplay Therapy is an integrative family play therapy approach to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children (including autistic children, those with ADHD, social anxiety, sensory differences, learning differences, and developmental and physical disabilities).