About Us

Alison and Della work as Play Therapists in a variety of settings, providing a service to a broad spectrum of client need.

As well as working at Liverpool Hope University on the M.A. in Play Therapy course they have contributed to both graduate and post graduate educational courses across the North of England.

Alison Woolf B.Ed (Hons), MA Play Therapy, BAPT, BAPT registered clinical supervisor


Alison has spent the last five years working as a play therapist in an education setting. She has also worked as a trainer and therapist for post adoption services. Within schools Alison has worked with families and run training for teachers and teaching assistants.

As a teacher Alison worked for fifteen years in primary and secondary schools, both mainstream and special. She has also worked as a tutor at Liverpool Hope College, and contributed as a guest tutor to Education courses at Chester and Edge Hill Universities.

Alison has completed the Basic, Intensive and Advanced Filial Therapy Training Programmes with Dr Rise VanFleet at York University. She has worked with this model in a variety of settings, and adapts the programme to meet the needs of the clients.

Alison has a particular interest in collaberative work with adult and child through the medium of play.

Della Austin MA Counselling, MA Play Therapy, BAPT, BAPT registered clinical supervisor


For the past six years Della has worked as a counsellor and play therapist in Education. She has extensive experience of working in both primary and secondary schools. Prior to this Della worked as a Counsellor in Primary Care where she developed a Counselling Service at two Medical Centres based in North Wales.

Della has worked as a freelance lecturer for over ten years and has worked at The University of Chester and Liverpool Hope University. Previous to this Della worked as a nurse for Nottingham Health Authority.

Della has trained with Rise VanFleet in Filial Therapy, and has developed her own 3 part model of working with parents and carers, addressing the needs of both adult and child, while developing parenting skills and incorporating play.

Della is an experienced group facilitator with particular commitment to enabling personal development.

She pioneers supervision and consultation in school for teaching staff and has conducted research on the subject for the Children's Workforce Development Council.