Inside each child there is a story to be told – a story that no one has yet had time to listen to’ - Winnicott, 1984
Standing Tall Play Therapy Services was set up by Victoria Smith, an Accredited Play Therapist
to provide a much needed service in the Norfolk area.
She believes that every child should be given the opportunity to Stand Tall and to feel proud
of who they are.
Victoria has worked extensively with children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum,
children and adolescents with various learning disabilities, adolescents who have been
sectioned according to the Mental Health Act and mainstream children who need a little extra help coping with various social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Victoria has a degree in BSc(Hons) Psychology and Child Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy.
She is registered on the Play Therapy Register regulated under the UK governments Professional Standards Agency (PSA).
Victoria abides by PTUK’s code of ethics, has regular supervision, is DBS checked and is fully insured with The Psychologists Protection Society.
Victoria often runs training courses with her colleague Nicola Mills.
Nicola Mills is a Play Therapist and a member of PTUK (Play Therapy UK) whose code of
ethics she abides by. Previous to becoming a Play Therapist Nicola worked with children
in educational settings-both mainstream and special needs- over a period of 8 years. As
part of her Play Therapy work she is regularly supervised, is CRB checked and can be found
on the register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists.
Nicola's background is working with children and adults with special needs or learning disabilities. She has co-run a supported living home and has had various placements with children and adults within this sector.
Previous to her career as a Play Therapist, Nicola worked as a teaching assistant, firstly in special education, and then in mainstream. Through her 8 years she has built up a sound knowledge of differing disabilities, with a particular grasp on Autism and children on the ASD spectrum. This experience led to Nicola wanting to train as a Play Therapist as she became acutely aware of the need.
Laura is a PTUK registered trainee Therapeutic Play Practitioner, training to become a Play
Therapist. She has a BA Hons degree in Childhood Studies and a foundation degree in Early
Years. She has worked with children for over 10 years as a registered childminder and in
education as a PE teacher, delivering nurture interventions and working in pastoral care.
For the past two years Laura has worked as a senior practitioner with children aged 4-11 in
an emotional well-being service delivering 1:1 interventions as well as group interventions.