Kate has been working with children and young adults for over 15 years as Therapist and previously 18years as Teacher. Her background is in Expressive Arts Education and her interest in the significance of the creative instinct led her to research creativity and its connection to well-being and academic achievement as part of a Masters in Education. The discovery of Play Therapy persuaded her to re-train and she moved from Creative Teacher to Creative Play Therapist. Kate’s passion and love of Mother Nature and spending time outside has infiltrated into her role as Teacher of Art and Play Therapist.

Kate supports the Forest School and Outdoor Education movement and she has worked for Circle of Life Rediscovery for several years. She helps facilitate at North Devon Forest School, and together with Ali Chown is a founder of the Collaboration of Outdoor Play Therapists. (COOPT). Kate has been a freelance Senior Course Director for Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy for 10 years teaching the Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. She founded Creative Spark in 2009 which provides Creative Play Therapy, SandPlay Therapy, Training and Clinical Supervision.

Kate has been Key Speaker at the first Play Therapy Conference in Indonesia in 2015 and facilitator of workshops at PTIndo conference 2018. She has provided a number of public workshops on Power of Play in S.E Asia (2015, 2016) and provided LandPlay : outdoor play therapy training in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in Autumn 2017. She has facilitated creative outdoor workshops in France (at Tariki Buddhist Centre),Spain ( Play Is The Way Conference 17) and UK in Ireland and England.

Creative Spark traiing provides creative exploration of Jungian and Post \jungian theory and the intrinsic importance of our engagement with adn connection to natural environments . 

Kate aalso provides Creative Support to children, young people and adults. She has been a Clinical Supervisor for 12 years.  Please contact kate for further informations on her clinical services ;


a child given the opportunity will use symbol and metaphor to 'play 'out feelings and make sense of experiences


 ESTABLISHED TRAINING COURSES ; for professionals, parents and carers

1)   Creative Communication : aimed at those working with children displaying emotional behavioural difficulties and speech and language problems. . A day of experiential training in creative methods which help encourage positive communication.Experiential exercises will include puppet work, masks and symbolic play methods.



This course addresses one of the most significant problems for many of the children who display problematic behaviour in school and at home; boundaries.

  • The course will explore the concept of boundary and its significance in human development
  • Focus on key points in child development (Winnicott and Erikson)when ideally consistent and age appropriate boundaries are set and held, we will look at how to re-dress inconsistencies
  • We will explore the four categories of boundaries, internal/external boundaries
  • The course is experiential and involves the creative process.
  • The participant will leave with a tool kit to use with those children who need assistance in understanding and accepting boundaries.



The course aims to build on your knowledge and explore the implications of attachment styles both for our clients and ourselves.

It will provide practical and creative tools for understanding and working with Avoidant, Ambivalent and Disorganised attachment. The participants will explore aspects of their own attachment styles developing  self- knowledge  and increase our awareness of our potential to project emotions . The day will provide effective strategies and tools which can help develop the positive attachment relationship between therapist and client.