Linsey McNelis

Linsey McNelis is an accredited Play Therapist with years' experience working with children as an educator and therapist. She holds an honours degree and a higher diploma in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a postgraduate diploma in Play Therapy from Canterbury Christ Church University, and a Certificate in Filial Play Coaching and a Certificate in Creative Supervision from the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy. She has completed further training with UK charity Big Toes Little Toes and has received certificates in Baby Bonding, Parent Child Attachment Play and Heart to Heart.

Linsey spent four years working as an educator with children with special needs, and through her work became interested in the power of play. She started her training as a Play Therapist in 2008 with a passion to help children to work through their problems in a safe environment, becoming more self-aware and developing their self esteem. Linsey is accredited by Play Therapy Ireland and abides by their ethical framework.

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As a Play Therapist Linsey met with many of the students of Lakeview School. Her sessions focused on supporting students who were struggling with their emotions through the medium of play. Students gained a lot from their sessions with Linsey and were better able to manage their emotions and communicate with others after a series of therapy sessions.
— Linda McGuinness, Acting Principal, Lakeview School, Galway
“We at the Meningitis Trust are delighted to have worked with Linsey McNelis for over a year. Her support has enabled us to provide a Play Therapy service for families affected by Meningitis in the Galway area.
Linsey has also been involved in our family day at Dublin zoo, where she provided two separate workshops for specific age groups during the day. The feedback from all families was extremely positive, they really enjoyed her input into the day and it was a great introduction to play therapy for our families.
Linsey is always professional, very approachable, friendly and helpful. She has been very supportive throughout, taking the time out to answer any general queries that I may have about clients and play therapy.
We look forward to our continued work with her in the future.”
— Lisa M Slattery RGN BSc MA MSC, Community Services Nurse, Meningitis Trust