Dera Mulholland (King) 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 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, Post Grad Diploma in Creative Supervision and a Montessori pre-school diploma. Dera is currently training in Jungian Sand therapy and is committed to continuing professional development.

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)