Hayley Rice is a child and adolescent psychotherapist specializing in play therapy. Hayley provides play therapy to children and creative psychotherapy to adolescents in her private practice in Arklow. In 2016 Hayley created Super Kids, a group program which uses play, movement, music, art and friendships to build self-esteem in young children.
Hayley gained a first-class honors Master of child and adolescent psychotherapy in 2018. Her topic of interest- neurodevelopmental play as a means of enhancing speech in young pre-verbal children with autism and parental experiences of this, returned great findings which Hayley incorporates into her daily work.
In 2019 Hayley studied Filial Therapy which focuses on the parent-child relationship as an agent of change. She loves to work alongside parents in their quest to help their children.
Hayley works closely with the Arklow Cancer Support and has a special interest in helping children affected by cancer along with those who have suffered a bereavement in childhood.
In 2020, following the Corona Virus outbreak, Hayley had a huge number of parents reaching out for help. She set up an Instagram page where she shares tips, supportive information and talks about topical issues such as anxiety, behaviour issues and more.
In 2021 Hayley launched her online programmes and workshops for parents and professionals. They have proven hugely successful and are invaluable to anyone who needs help immediately.