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Sonia Murray - Behaviour Support Consultant, Play Therapist, Therapeutic family support worker (NNEB, DipSW, BAPT-RPT)


Sonia Murray - Behaviour Support Consultant/Play Therapist


Sonia Murray holds a Diploma in Social Work (Social Work England registered), is a registered Play Therapist (BAPT) and is a Strategic Attachment Lead for Schools with Brighton University.  She has 30 years of experience as a practitioner in the fields of attachment, child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children's mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy. 


Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Attachment, Trauma, Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting.  Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. She has worked in a specialist school for children with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


Sonia provides consultation, supervision and training in both statutory and voluntary fields of children and Young People's services. 


Sonia is also a visiting Lecturer at University of Roehampton and University of Northampton.


Sonia has written a number of publications and chapters.

The Therapeutic Use of Stories in Play Therapy  – The Nuts and Bolts of Play Therapy with Children (in publication)

Therapeutic Games to treat Anxieties and Fears - Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Games with Children and Adolescents (2019)

Play Therapy in Schools – Becoming and Being a Play Therapist (2019)

Symbolic Solutions: Establishing a Sense of Safety for Relationship Repair-Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Emergence of Self: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (2019)

Exploring the Play Therapy Process Through the Lens of Erikson's Psychosocial Developmental Stages with Dr Nick Banks – British Journal of Play Therapy (2018)

Stories used Therapeutically with Children in Education– The Therapeutic Use of Stories (1997)


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