Dera Mulholland (King) is a Psychotherapist with Specialisation in Play and Creative Therapy, working in private practice in Donadea Co. Kildare. She has worked with children for thirty years in settings that have included learning support in Primary schools, Hospital Play Specialists (oncology) at OLHSC, Saplings school for children with ASD and with Dublin City Council working with 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 Montessori pre-school diploma. 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.
"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)