Play Therapy and Family Support

At Northside Partnership, we recognise the benefit of working in partnership with parents to facilitate the best, long-term outcomes for children. We offer a child-centred therapeutic support service to children and families who are experiencing difficulties. Depending on the nature of these difficulties, we will work with families in one or more of the following ways:

Play Therapy

Sometimes children experience difficulties and behave in ways that may cause disruption to their lives or be of concern to those around them. Play therapy provides a child with an opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ their difficulties.
Play therapy is useful for all children as it facilitates them in making sense of the world, reaching their potential and developing resilience and emotional intelligence.


Theraplay is an evidence based method of working with the parent and child to build and enhance attachment bonds, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun.
The therapist guides the parent and child through playful interactive games focussing on qualities found in parent-child relationships such as structure, engagement, nurture and challenge.

Circle of Security

Circle of Security is an eight-week, group based parent reflection programme that is grounded in research relating to the healthy parent-child relationships (secure attachment).
Research has proven time and time again that secure attachment relationships give children the best possible foundations for healthy physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
Circle of security teaches parents how to enhance the security of their relationship with their child whilst taking some time to look at their own history of being parented.

Therapeutic Parenting

For more information, please contact:

Amy Fogarty
Northside Partnership, The Bell Building,
Darndale-Belcamp Village Centre, Darndale,
T: 01 877 1509
M: 087 298 8957

This project is funded by the HSE / Dublin North East Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the RTE Comic Relief Fund