Our Therapeutic Team

Gabrielle Eisele MSc Play Therapy; MA DATP; MSc Psychology

Head of Therapy
Supervisor and BAPT Play and Filial Therapist

Gabrielle is the co-founder of The Windfall Centre and guided its development through its eventual move to becoming a charity and the service it has now become. She is a qualified Play Therapist and Filial Therapist accredited with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).

In addition to her Master’s degree in Play Therapy, her academic credentials include a MSc in Psychology and distinction in a Masters in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. She is Head of Therapy within The Windfall Centre while also working directly with children through Play Therapy and with parents, carers and professionals within our Filial Therapy, Nurturing Families and Hand in Hand programmes.
 
Gabrielle brings a therapeutic emphasis on the importance of secure attachment relationships for emotional health, together with an understanding of the impact of trauma on children’s developing brains. She initiated and co-developed our Nurturing Families programme specifically to promote the early attachment relationship between parents and carers and their infants and young children. Gabrielle is a Clinical Supervisor for practising play therapists working outside of the Windfall Centre, and supervises student play therapists who come to us for placements.
 
She is a popular trainer, having trained extensively across Wales to numerous other organisations and agencies and given keynote presentations at conferences. As part of our valuable link with the University of South Wales, Gabrielle lectures on the Play Therapy Master’s degree course.
 
Gabrielle has appeared as an Expert Witness for the family court, assessing the attachment relationships of very young and disabled children with their caregivers. Drawing on her 30 plus years of working with children and young people in the UK and America, she has particular expertise and sensitivity towards the needs of disabled children, those on the autistic spectrum and children who have experienced poor attachment formation and trauma.

Jo Hill MSc Play Therapy (Dist); BA (Hon) Childhood Studies

Play Therapist, Filial Therapist and Tele-Play Therapist.

Jo is a qualified Play and Filial Therapist accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).  She recently trained as an advanced level Tele-Play therapist, and has been developing our on-line play therapy service.  Jo joined The Windfall Centre in its infancy bringing with her the knowledge and expertise that saw her nominated as the most outstanding student in her Play Therapy Master’s degree course. 
She has been working with children and young people for well over 15 years and prior to becoming a play therapist her roles included being a reading friend and a study support worker. This important work helped many children struggling in school to gain confidence and build their resilience. Jo’s previous work as a ChildLine counsellor brought her close to the emotional difficulties encountered by so many children and influenced her decision to become a play therapist.
 
Since joining the Windfall Centre, Jo has extended her work in schools, providing play therapy with some of the more troubled children, and support and consultation to teachers. She manages the Windfall Centre schools’ programme where her tele-play skills are invaluable in allowing children to access therapy within the school day.
 
Jo is one of the two Welsh representatives for the British Association of Play Therapists, a very valuable connection for the Windfall Centre.

Sharon-Louise Pullen PGDip Art Psychotherapy; BA Hons Fine Art

Art Psychotherapist
 
Sharon has been a qualified, state registered Art Psychotherapist since 2001. She is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has an excellent knowledge of children’s emotional development and attachment formation, having completed a two-year infant observation course affiliated with the Tavistock Clinic in London and within Herefordshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
 
She has worked within many challenging environments including charities dealing with brain injuries and palliative care, and adult mental health and women’s forensic services within the NHS.
Her experiences with young people have been based within educational settings and in specialist and residential units dealing with emotional and behavioural difficulties including eating disorders.
 
Sharon’s extensive experience of working therapeutically with both adults, children and young people and her skills and expertise have brought a valuable addition to our service. 
 
Her deep commitment to the welfare and well-being of children and young people is carried on through her previous safeguarding roles as a governor of a primary school and her involvement on the executive committee of the Scouts Association.

Maggie Fearn MA DATP; MA HIPPT; BAPT

Play Therapist, Filial Therapist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Maggie was a play practitioner for 30 years, a Forest School Leader between 2001-2018 and she has been an outdoor therapeutic play practitioner since 2009.
 
She is developing nature-based play therapy as part of her play therapy practice, and trains play therapists in Nature Based Play Therapy. Her clinical approach focuses on developmental and trauma informed therapeutic work with children, young people and their families.
Maggie has completed advanced training in Filial Therapy so offers child centred play therapy with children as well as working with parents and carers in Filial Therapy. She helped develop the Nurturing Families programme, supporting and strengthening attachment relationships between mothers and their little ones under five. 
 
She is also Senior Lecturer on the MSc Play Therapy at University of South Wales and visiting lecturer (MA Creative Psychotherapy) at the Children’s Therapy Centre, Ireland. Maggie’s academic work includes being published in journals and contributing book chapters, and, combined with her clinical practice, is of immense value to the high standard of work at the Windfall Centre. 

Sue Bidmead B.A. Hons (Env.Ed.)  Post Grad Cert. Ed.  Post Grad. Dip. (Counselling Children and Young People), Post Grad Cert. (Solution Focused Brief Therapy)

Specialist Counsellor
 
As our specialist Counsellor for Children and Young People, Sue extends a much needed therapeutic service from The Windfall Centre to adolescents and young adults. Therapeutic services for young adults are few and far between, despite the complexity and uncertainty of this phase of life. Sue offers support to those on the edge of the juvenile justice system, where often social stereotypes conceal a hidden vulnerability and incipient mental health difficulties; as well as to young people struggling with the transition to adulthood and independence.
She has worked for many years in schools, colleges and community settings as a teacher, trainer and therapist. In her training role she has trained the trainers and delivered training to teachers and educators in the value and practice of Circle Time, in SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and the FRIENDS resilience skills that have been endorsed by the World Health Organisation as best practice for the prevention of anxiety and depression. Sue draws on her experience and training in a wide variety of therapeutic interventions to be both creative and flexible in her approach to her work with young people. Her background in Environmental Education gives her an appreciation of the important role that nature can play in therapy. 
 
Sue is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Holly Joyce MSc Play Therapy, BA (Hon) Drama

Play Therapist and Theraplay Level One Practitioner

Holly’s work with children and young people extends over 15 years. Her diverse roles include nursery nurse, mentor for Cardiff Youth Offending Team, support worker to children with autism and behavioural needs, family contact supervisor and drama teacher.

Holly’s background in Drama and Education saw her develop a bespoke framework teaching the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL Programme) through the medium of Drama across primary schools in the South Wales area. Through her work facilitated in schools, Holly became inspired by how children appeared to find such catharsis through role play and so Holly decided to train as a Play Therapist – accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).

In addition to qualified Play Therapist, Holly is also a qualified Filial Therapist, a Level One Theraplay Practitioner, and a trained Therapeutic Life Story Work facilitator.

Holly continues her therapeutic work with children and families in education settings alongside education providers whereby she provides insight into trauma and attachment to equip staff with skills to understand and manage the complex needs of pupils. Holly is also enjoying working with children and families in clinical settings.

Holly is currently embarking on her training to become a Clinical Supervisor and carefully promotes student practice as a Placement Manager.

Clare Hurford Finance and Operations Manager

We are very fortunate to have Clare as our Finance and Operations Manager, providing vital financial and administrative support to our therapeutic team and to the Trustee Board. She has broad professional experience managing accounts within private companies, the Public Sector and charities and holds a Diploma in Small Business Financial Management. She is currently remote-studying towards a diploma leading to professional membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).