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MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play (Swansea University)
MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy (Childrens’ Therapy Centre, Ireland)


Maggie is a practising Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Filial Therapist with The Windfall Centre. She also supervises play therapists, and child and adolescent counsellors.

Maggie joined the University in January 2017 as a part-time Senior Lecturer for the MSc Play Therapy and the Pg Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. She also teaches occasionally for the MA Creative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy at the Childrens Therapy Centre in Eire. Prior to joining University of South Wales, as well as her clinical practice, Maggie worked as a visiting lecturer for University of Wales Trinity St David, and has worked for many years in both statutory and voluntary organisations developing outdoor play provision and Forest Schools. She is also Director of Movement Sense CIC, a Community Interest Company set up to facilitate connection through play and movement with the natural world.


As a child and adolescent psychotherapist and play therapist Maggie is experienced working one to one, with family systems, and in small nurture groups, with children and young people who find themselves struggling to cope with life’s challenges, and with those who experience learning difficulties. As well as private referrals, she works with referrals from family services, and with children and adolescents in residential and foster care. Her work is systemic and informed by current research into attachment, neurobiology and the impact of trauma on the developing child. As Director of Movement Sense cic she provides residential family and practitioner retreats, and indoor and outdoor therapeutic play spaces.
She has been a play practitioner for 30 years and a Forest School practitioner since 2001. She graduated as a practitioner of Body & Earth experiential anatomy, somatics and authentic movement in 2010. As well as her work as a therapist, she facilitates wild play and outdoor therapeutic play sessions with children of all abilities and their families, and she trains adults in non-directive play skills using the powers of developmental and therapeutic play.


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, MSc Play Therapy.
Senior Lecturer Pg Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.


Fearn, M. and Troccoli, P. Being, Becoming and Healing through Movement and Touch in Prendiville and Howard eds (2016) Creative Psychotherapy. Applying the Principles of Neurobiology to Play and Expressive Arts Based Practices Oxon: Routledge
Fearn.M. A Natural Space for Healing: Working Therapeutically with Groups Outdoors. in Prendiville & Howard, eds (2014) Play therapy Today: Contemporary Practice for individuals and Groups. Oxon : Routledge
Fearn,M (2015) Impact of Adult Bipolar Disorder on Children. IAPT Newsletter Spring 2015
Fearn, Gaunt and Polkey (2014) Jewels on Your Doorstep: People and Wildlife Commissioned by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (Internal Document)
Fearn, M and Mutka, E-M (2012) Between Sky and Earth : Movement resources for outdoor play. Online publication December 2012
Fearn, M and Howard, J (2011) Play as a Resource for Children Facing Adversity: An Exploration of indicative Case Studies Children & Society DOI:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00357.x cited in Cowie, H (2012) From Birth to Sixteen
Fearn, M and Howard, J (2010) ‘Play as a Resource in Adversity’, paper presented at ‘Children and War : Past and Present’ conference, Salzburg University, 2010 and the Centre for Play and Recreation, University of Greenwich December 2010.
Fearn and North (2010) “Validating Child Led Play in the Context of Forest School: Play Based Pedagogy and Children’s Perspectives” pdf available: Movement Sense cic
Fearn, M and North, A (2010) “Child led play at Forest School: children’s perspectives”. Paper presented at FCW “10 years of Forest School” conference Cardiff, November 2010, at Trinity St Davids for Early Childhood Studies and MA students, January 2011 and at the IOL UK Forest School Conference, October 2011.
Fearn (2010) Play Days in the Forest. Article published in IpDip online magazine for play professionals


British Association of Play Therapists


Fearn,M. (2016) The Seeds of Shame: An exploratory study of shame proneness from a developmental perpsective Dissertation for MA HIPPT (CTC, Ireland)

Fearn, M. (2010) A study of non verbal communication behaviour between mothers
and children under 3 during outdoor play. Dissertation for MA DATP (Swansea University)

Areas of Expertise

Humanistic and Integrative Play Therapy
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Interpersonal Trauma
Developmental and Therapeutic Play
Therapeutic Powers of Play
Nature Based Play Therapy
Creative Supervision

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