Golden Stars Play Therapy


Children may struggle to talk about how they are feeling or what is troubling them, as they may not know how to. Their upset and distress can be shown through anxiety, fear and difficult behaviours.

Play is a child’s natural form of self-expression, which enables them to play out their muddled feelings and worries in a safe way and at their own pace without feeling interrogated.

Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a gentle counselling service for children and young people. Sand, clay, creative arts, musical instruments, puppets, role-play toys and therapeutic stories are amongst the therapist’s toolkit to enable children to play out their inner thoughts and feelings.

Service Details

Golden Stars Play Therapy, Off Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 7AG (directions displayed on map)
Golden Stars Play Therapy
Service Type:
Health and Wellbeing
Age Band:
  • Children (5-18)
Age Range:
4-11 years
Is a referral required?:
Accepted referral methods:
  • Via CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Via GP or Health Professional
  • Via Early Years setting
  • Via School
  • Via Children’s Social Care
  • Via Voluntary Agencies
  • Via Youth Support Service
Eligibility criteria:
Parents/carers must be willing to be involved and attend regular meetings with the Play Therapist. Safeguarding is key and parents/carers need to be aware that I cannot keep any information that may put their child at risk to myself. The therapy can be self-funded by parents/carers or accessed through schools. If the child is adopted then the parent/carer must go through their Social Worker and ASF (Adoption Support Fund) to access the therapy.
Provides support to:
  • People with mental health difficulties
  • People with challenging behaviour
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • Alderley Edge
  • Congleton
  • Handforth
  • Knutsford
  • Macclesfield
  • Poynton
  • Wilmslow
  • Sandbach
Service operates in the following neighbouring local authorities:
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • City of Manchester
  • Stockport
  • Trafford
How is the service provided?:
  • Face to face
Additional information on how service is provided:
The therapy can be provided in schools, early years settings and children’s centres. I can look into hiring a suitable room if these are not available but this will be at the parent/carers cost.
Capacity of service:
Dependent on availability
Waiting List:
There is a waiting list for therapy
£45 per session. A minimum of 12 sessions is required. All meetings/reports are chargeable at this rate too. Meetings with other professionals are chargeable and can be discussed with me. Private room hire will be an additional cost.
Additional information for assistance with accessibility:
This will depend on the setting and can be discussed.

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Weekdays only
Opening Times - Monday:
9am – 4.30pm
Opening Times - Tuesday:
9am – 4.30pm
Opening Times - Wednesday:
9am – 4.30pm
Opening Times - Thursday:
9am – 4.30pm
Opening Times - Friday:
9am – 4.30pm
Opening Times - Saturday:
Not available
Opening Times - Sunday:
Can offer a 5.30pm slot only in Poynton
Additional Opening Times:
Not applicable

This page was last updated on 18 January 2018

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Contact Details

Contact Name:
Emma Giles