Dera Mulholland is a Psychotherapist with Specialisation in Play therapy, working in private practice in Donadea Co. Kildare.  Dera has worked with children for thirty years in settings that have included both Primary and Secondary schools, Children's hospital, a special education Pre-school and a community based centre for children at risk. She also spent twelve years living and working in Australia with children with diverse cultural heritage, where she established and ran a Montessori Pre-School in the mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. 

Dera's qualifications include a M.A. in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a Post Grad Diploma in Creative Supervision.  She is also a qualified Jungian Sand tray therapist (see www.jungiansandplay.ie for info).

Accreditations:  She is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy (IAPTP).  As in keeping with good practice, she attends clinical supervision on a regular basis with an accredited IAHIP Supervisor. 

Dera is also an accredited clinical supervisor with IAPTP providing support to other therapists.

"Through play children can extend themselves beyond the real world in which they often feel powerless into a world in which they can experience the pleasure of exercising their power of mastery.  In doing so, they are often able to reduce conflicts in their lives, to compensate for unpleasant  experiences by 'undoing' them and playing them out with happier endings and by taking revenge on reality" (Hughes, 1985, pp. 87)