FLOAT Therapy Service offers Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Creative Counselling and Family Mediation to Children, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Families, Social Care, Private Children’s Homes and Adults. Offering the right therapeutic service for the individual.

FLOAT was set up by Penny who qualified in psychodynamic Counselling in 2008, since then has added a Play therapy Diploma, Master Degree and Clinical Supervision Diploma to her repertoire of skills. Penny is passionate about helping young people, children and adults strive to be the best they can be. Penny worked for various local authorities spanning 20 years, in this time she has supported young people and families in the Youth Offending service providing support to both the young person and parents. Penny has supported children and schools for a number of years dealing with issues around, low self-esteem, anger management, family breakdown, self-harm, bereavement, neglect and Abuse. Penny supports young people in care and helps them work through their troubled and complex issues.  

Penny also works creatively with Children Spreading Glitter and Sparkle Everywhere she goes. By using creativity as a way of exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Mask work, emotional literacy work, superhero work, are just a few of the creative counselling techniques Penny uses. Not forgetting the play therapy work Penny provides to many schools across Merseyside offering a safe therapeutic space where children as young as 3 years explore a multitude of toys, including real world toys, puppets, dolls house, figures and sand trays. This fun and safe environment allows children to explore their inner worries and through play challenge and develop an outcome that can help them to grow in resilience, confidence and happiness.

At FLOAT we believe each unique being deserves a unique service that supports them to become the best person they can be. FLOAT therapy service helps individuals recognise their own barriers and helps them to develop the tools they need to remove those barriers, build resilience and create new goals to strive towards. 


No matter what the therapy model FLOAT offers a safe space to explore past, present and future. Supporting clients to achieve a more desired outcome.

Here at FLOAT we offer a range of therapy services:

Psychotherapy – Giving individuals the opportunity to focus on a more in-depth therapy looking at a client’s past and how it influences the now. A traditional talking therapy suited to teenagers and adults.

Play Therapy – Giving children from age 3-12 years a safe space to explore, feelings, thoughts and behaviours through play, toys and role play. Play therapy supports the emotional and social skills of children. It can increase speech, language and communication skills. Children with ASD can also benefit from play therapy.

Creative Counselling – Allowing children and young people the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings, by being creative using paint, clay, glitter, colour, stones, shells and sand trays opening the creativity channels opens children and young people’s minds to expressing their feelings and exploring their thoughts allowing space to make changes and improve self-esteem, make positive changes and increase happiness.

Family Therapy – Working together with children and parents to tackle issues that are causing conflict and upset for all. The desired outcome with family therapy would be for a more harmonious relationship between parent and child with an understanding of each other’s perspective.

Parent Support – Offering support and guidance to parents around their parenting style. Offering practical supportive advice and where needed creating token target goals to help create positive consistent parenting.

Mindfulness – Working with groups or individual children and young people delivering 6 weekly sessions around mindfulness activities. To improve resilience giving children skills to help cope better with pressures as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world.

Clinical Supervision – An opportunity for qualified counsellors and trainee counsellors to receive clinical supervision. Also, non-case work supervision is offered to employers to support staff. 

All therapy is initiated with a contract which stipulates the importance of confidentiality. Work carried out with children under 18 years will need the consent of a parent or person holding parental responsibility. Schools are provided with a FLOAT contract and referral form which is to be completed before any therapeutic work takes place. Parents are encouraged to meet with the therapist before the child or young person’s first session.

Therapists are members of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) governing body, the BACP ethical framework is adhered to and Therapist hold an enhanced DBS allowing them to work with children and adults.