About me

Laura Marie Hanks MSc, BSc, MBPsS.
Play Therapist, Filial Therapist and Placement Support Consultant.
Msc Play Therapy (BAPT)
MSc Play and Therapeutic Play
BSc (hons.) Psychology and Education (BPS)

Child Therapy:

I typically work with children and their families with a focus on attachment and trauma. I am qualified to provide Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy. As an integrative therapist I provide Therapeutic Life Story Work, Parent and Carer Consultations and Family Sessions (using principles from DDP, Theraplay® and other attachment focused approaches). I also provide assessments of therapeutic need, and direct work around complex issues and care proceedings.

I typically provide interventions within the home or in a playroom as I work systemically. This means parents or foster carers are supported to participate and support the child in the therapy, which can enable them to continue the healing process outside of the session. Particular care is taken to ensure that the space is therapeutic and that the session has clear boundaries to contain the child’s emotions. Child-Centred Play Therapy may also be provided in the child’s school, where appropriate.


My approach is based on theories of Attachment and Child Development. Within a systemic framework, I support parents and foster carers to understand and identify the impact of relational and developmental trauma and support foster carers to provide the children with opportunities to repair the effects through play, nurture and structure. I have been required to assess carers’ abilities to meet children’s emotional needs and to care for children on a long term basis. I have provided reports to court on a number of occasions, and given evidence when a care plan was contested.

I also provide guidance and consultancy to professionals in relation to transitions for children, direct work, and around supporting adoptive parents.


I provide training and workshops for any professionals working with children and caregivers. The topics have included life story work, direct work with children, allegations against foster carers, and supporting adoptive placements. I am also an Associate Trainer for the Fostering Network Wales.

Current Professional Practice:

I am listed on the BAPT Register of Accredited Play Therapists, I am Registered Self Employed, have professional insurance, clinical supervision and adhere to the BAPT Code of Ethics and Practice. My work is usually commissioned by Local Authorities, parents or Stepping Stones (CTC) Ltd. I have experience of completing court reports and giving evidence in Care Proceedings.

I am currently the Welsh Branch Chair of ACAMH (Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and was elected to this position in June 2012. This is a non-profit organisation which provides training, resources and information to professionals working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Click here to visit their website.

Professional Memberships:

BAPT – British Association of Play Therapists – Full Member
ACAMH – Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Welsh Branch Chair and Member
BPS – British Psychological Society – Graduate Member

Services are provided either at home, school or at the Mulligan Community Centre.

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