Claire O’Brien
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2010

Success is child's play for Claire

Despite suffering from severe ill health, Claire excelled academically – winning prizes and gaining the highest marks in her final dissertation – and went on to secure her dream job as a Play Therapist.

She developed an interest in children’s resilience during adversity while at Edge Hill and knew her career lay in therapeutic work with the most marginalised young people in society. Before starting her professional training with Play Therapy UK, Claire gained vital experience in settings as diverse as women’s refuges, nursery schools and family support. Claire now works as an independent Play Therapist, helping vulnerable children aged 3-11 express their feelings and develop coping strategies through play.

“I am forever learning from the children I work with, and no two days are ever the same. Play therapy is amazingly powerful, when you see children playing out experiences that they cannot find the words for, it is just incredible.”

Claire O’Brien