Gina Obertelli

Play Therapist

Profile

I am a Qualified Social Worker and Play Therapist working at CTC Psychological Services. 

Initially, my career began in Social Work, working with young people and supporting adult care givers in fostering and adoption roles.

I then trained further at Liverpool Hope University and obtained my Play Therapy qualification through a BAPT accredited Post Graduate diploma course and have worked as a Play Therapist since 2010.  I have undertaken further training in DDP and EMDR.

I believe that children communicate through their behaviour and my role is to provide the space and time to process, and work through their life experiences.  It is essential to support their caregivers in to how best to care for them.

I have a specific interest in Attachment and how Trauma can impact on a child’s functioning.  I am also interested in child development, and how important it is for the foundations for any child to feel stable and secure in order for them to develop and thrive in order to reach their potential.

Qualifications

2000 – DIP/HE in Social Work

2006 – BSc Child Care Award

2009 – Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy

2010 – Filial Play Therapy

2012 – Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

2012 – Practice Teachers Award in Social Work

2015 – EMDR Levels 1, 2 & 3

2020 – Updated Safeguarding & e-Safety Training

Experience

Between 2010 and 2018 I worked for CAMHS as a Mental Health Practitioner, undertaking assessments and therapeutic work with Care Experienced Children. 

I have had extensive experience of assessment and working with children in foster care, residential homes and adoptive homes, and have frequently been commissioned to support and stabilise young people and their care givers.

At CTC Psychological Services I provide therapeutic interventions to adults, children and families as identified by Specialist Psychological Assessments.  This often involves multi-agency referrals and working closely with other professional agencies.

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