Meet the GirlCrewer #6: Nicola Guy, Founder/Therapist The Heart of Play, Hong Kong

As a therapist, I build strong, caring therapeutic relationships with each child I work with, and it is a challenge to see them go, but it is a rewarding experience to see them walk out of the playroom with strength, smiles and positivity.

Meet Nicola Guy from GirlCrew Hong Kong, Founder and Therapist at The HeArt of Play

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As  a  teacher in Hong Kong, Nicola saw first-hand the struggles that children faced within the school system – “the children, at such young ages, were more concerned about their academic achievements due to the pressure of schools, that they were unable to see and meet their emotional and psychological needs”. Seeing children lacking in confidence and struggling to make friends it became apparent to Nicola that the children were not getting the right kind of care and support that they so desperately needed. “I wanted to do more for these children, and so I started to find ways to “get qualified” to work specifically with children with emotional and behavioural problems, which led me to become a therapist”.

Looking to provide something new and exciting, Nicola trained to become a Certified Practitioner of Therapeutic Play, adding to her skill-set with additional child-centric specialities including Bonding and Attachment, Filial Play, Infant Massage. Set up just this year, The HeArt of Play helps children to make sense of their emotions and develop their skills in a safe and nurturing environment. According to Nicola “play” is the most natural way for a child to communicate, but the benefits go much further than the ability to express themselves “it helps the brain to heal, so that it can function normally again, which can enhance learning.” The HeArt of Play offers a range of services that are designed to create positive connections between parent and child, and help the emotional development in children aged 3-16 years.

Focusing on providing a safe and stimulating play room for children to play safely and create trusted attachments Nicola’s work has led to great results – “I am now happy to say that I have helped many children… I want to see children and parents positively play and grow together, so that their relationships can be strengthened and that happiness can be shared. It is a wonderful experience to share a special loving relationship with your child.”

1. What is the best thing about your current role?

There are so many elements of my job that I love such as the smiles on the parents’ faces after the child has been seeing me for a while, but the main one is that I get to witness children change their negative thoughts, feelings and experiences into new positive ones. I feel lucky to see the changes in the playroom and hear the positive changes outside of the playroom from the parents (e.g. making friends, communicating appropriately, self-regulation).

2. What did you find most challenging about it?

As a therapist, I build strong, caring therapeutic relationships with each child I work with, and it is a challenge to see them go, but it is a rewarding experience to see them walk out of the playroom with strength, smiles and positivity.

3. What is your proudest business achievement to date?

I would say that the my proudest achievement to date is finally setting up my own business, The HeArt of Play. I have been lucky enough to have had all my clients without having to set up a website. Now, I’m happy to announce (or scream yaaay) I’m more organized and have a website and Facebook page, which I will be uploading lots of valuable information for all parents, especially on my blog page.

4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get into this type of work?

To become a Play therapist, I would suggest “getting to know yourself”. It is extremely important to know your own “story” before working with children with emotional and behavioural problems. Knowing yourself and taking care of yourself is very important in this line of work.

5. What would be your motto in life, and in business?

“Positivity, Patience and Inner Strength.”

 

theheartofplaytherapyhk.com

 

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Aine Mulloy

Co-founder at GirlCrew
Co-Founder of GirlCrew. Loves brands, media, books, and music. Can generally be found reading in quiet spaces, or in over-crowded music joints.

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