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PLay Therapists in HertfordshireHighly Professional Therapeutic Counsellors in Hertfordshire.

The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Therapeutic Counsellors in Hertfordshire

The Therapeutic Counsellors at The Owl Centre in Hertfordshire combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.



Karen Bland MNCS (ACCRED) Dip Hyp CS, Dip Hyp PC, CC L4C

Karen Bland MNCS (ACCRED) Dip Hyp CS, Dip Hyp PC, CC L4C.

Karen trained as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapist before gaining a certificate with Place2Be in counselling children and young people using play, creative and narrative therapy. During her training, Karen worked in the SEN department of a North London secondary school, supporting young people with SEN and BESD needs including visual and auditory impairments, and as a counsellor in a secondary school in Hackney, East London.

Karen has experience helping children and young people with Attachment Difficulties, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Disability, ASD, Psychological Trauma, Anxiety , Bereavement, Domestic Abuse and Emotional Distress .

Since 2013, Karen has been an active volunteer for Samaritans, supporting vulnerable adults and young people suffering emotional distress and suicidal thoughts. She has a keen interest in PTSD and psychological trauma as well as personality disorders and attachment difficulties.

Karen provides 1-1, non-directive, Child-Centred Creative/Play therapy sessions to children and young people aged between 3 and 16 years old. Child-Centred therapy provides a safe, unconditional, non-judgemental and accepting environment for a child or young person to process muddled feelings and adverse childhood experiences without the worry of how others may think, feel or react.

Creative activities and play offer a natural form of communication for children and young people, and enables expression of feelings and worries at a level that is right for the individual and at their own pace. Karen’s aim is for the therapy room to become a supportive environment where clients can use creative materials, sand tray, clay, puppets, role play items, games, movement and books as well as creative exercises to aid exploration of experiences and feelings. The outcomes often witnessed are a building of self-esteem, confidence and resilience, feeling more in control of their emotions and being more ready to focus and learn along with beginning to build more positive family / peer relationships.

Karen is committed to empowering children and young people, building self-esteem, autonomy and efficacy to help them begin to understand their own mind and strive toward their full potential.

Karen is able to provide outreach therapy in the following locations, amongst others:

  • Abbots Langley
  • Barnet
  • Borehamwood
  • Brunswick Park
  • Burnt Oak
  • Bushy
  • Cockfosters
  • Colindale
  • East Barnet
  • East Finchley
  • Edgware
  • Elstree
  • Finchley Central
  • Finchley Church End
  • Golders Green
  • Harpenden
  • Hatch End
  • Hatfield
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Hendon
  • Kings Langley
  • Knebworth
  • London Colney
  • Mill Hill
  • New Southgate
  • North Finchley
  • Northwood
  • Oxhey
  • Park Street
  • Radlett
  • Redbourn
  • Shenley
  • South Oxhey
  • Southgate
  • St Albans
  • Stanmore
  • Totteridge
  • Watford
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • West Finchley
  • West Hendon
  • Wheathampstead
  • Whetstone



Claire Waite DIP MBACP.

Claire Waite DIP MBACP.

Full name: Mrs Claire Waite

Known as: Claire

Type of therapist: Counsellor

Qualifications: DIP MBACP

Year of qualifying: Counselling (2007), Play Therapy (2016)


  • Has always worked in care and education. Currently works as a person-centred Counsellor and Play Therapist.
  • Specialises in supporting children with additional needs.
  • Has worked with children with a wide variety of needs including, loss, bereavement, ASD, ADHD, different learning and communication needs, self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, psychosis, trauma, attachment and anxiety.
  • Worked in a children's home and school for profoundly disabled children for 13 years, being promoted from support worker to deputy manager. Whilst there, trained to be a counsellor.
  • After qualifying, worked in a primary and junior special school for 10 years. Created and delivered various training programmes to staff including attachment and loss.
  • Has carried out a lot of voluntary work in schools and for the NHS working as a first responder. Also, became a trustee of a charity called HOLD supporting the local disabled.
  • Various qualifications including: Health and Social Care, Sign Language, Counselling Skills, Counselling Studies, Counselling Diploma, GNVQ working with Children and Young People, Administering Medication, Assessing Individuals, Play Therapy.
  • Extensive training including: Safe Guarding Lead, Tube Feeding, Rebound Therapy, Hastam Health and Safety for Managers, Mental Capacity, Diversity, Mental Capacity Act, Counselling Victims of Crime, Risk Assessment, Train the Trainer, Supporting Traumatised Children, Performance Management, Protective Behaviours, Responding to Fabricated Illnesses, Autism, Intensive Interaction, Hertfordshire Steps Training, EFT.

Interesting fact:

  • Kept busy by two daughters but loves to dance and has attended jive dance groups in the past.
  • Enjoys going to car shows where her husband shows his Dodge Monaco (Blues Brothers replica).
  • Love cakes and favourite colour is purple.



Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.


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