About Play Therapy Helston

Maeve Macknelly

Hi! My name is Maeve. I am Irish and I have lived in Cornwall for many years with my husband and two children. I love the outdoors, surfing, paddle boarding and walking my dog.

I aim to support children/young people and provide them with the opportunity to ‘play out’ their feelings and express themselves in a safe environment where they can make sense of their emotions.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Distinction)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education and Leisure (Distinction) 
  • Level 3 Diploma Working with Children in the Early Years
  • Training in Level 1 Theraplay® and Group Training 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 
  • Certified Landplay Practitioner (Outdoor Play Therapy)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills First Aider
  • Mental Health First Aider MHFA
  • Level 3 Safeguard Training Children/Young People/Adults 
  • School Bereavement Champion Penhaligon's Friends
  • Level 1 and Level 2 Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence 

As a practitioner I adhere to the following safeguards:

  • Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Regular Clinical Supervision
  • Placement on the Professional Standards Authority Register.
  • Professional Liability Insurance


  • Years of Experience working with children and young people in the Early years, Primary schools and Secondary students.
  • Up To Date Disclosure and Barring Service