Fidelma Twomey: Profile

Coach & Accredited Play Therapist • Creative Coach for Parents • Creative Counsellor for Young Adults • Clinical Supervisor • Systemic Coach for Organisations • Community Dance Leader

Play Therapist Fidelma Twomey

Coach & Play Therapist

Fidelma has worked extensively as a keen and committed coach for over twenty-five years using experiential, interactive and creative methodologies. She believes that her trainees are central to her work and she has an openness to learn from their feedback. After gaining some post-qualifying experience as a Play Therapist and Filial Play Coach, Fidelma joined the Board of Play Therapy Ireland as CEO in 2014. Her persistence and determination to further the regulation of Play Therapists in Ireland resulted in her appointment by the Minister of Health to the Registration Board for Counsellors and Psychotherapists in 2019. She served a two-year period on this Board contributing to the work of CORU in the regulation of both of these professions. The core objective of this registration Board is to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence among Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Fidelma was responsible for setting-up the National University of Ireland accredited Post Graduate Play Therapy courses in the Cork ‘green fields site’ in July 2015. Since then she has trained hundreds of Play Therapists and has delivered Certificate and Diploma courses in Ireland, France, Northern Ireland and in the UK. Fidelma set-up her own practice, Acorn Therapies Cork in 2019 specialising in Play Therapy, Filial Play Coaching and Creative Counselling for Adolescents. More recently Fidelma has begun designing highly successful, tailor-made coaching programmes for parents and for organisations.

Creative Coach for Parents

The unique design of Fidelma’s Creative Parent Coaching Programme has been inspired by her integration of filial play coaching, play therapy, creative counselling and systemic constellation training. The combination of these modalities, together with her twenty-five years’ experience as an active trainer, has led to the emergence of coaching programmes that have a fresh flavour with an exciting bite. All the parents who compete the programme are amazed at the results they achieve, the speed at which change in their child occurred and the overall positive changes encountered in family relationships. You can discover more about Creative Coaching for Parents here.

Creative & Systemic Supervisor

As a certified Clinical Supervisor for Play and Creative Arts Therapists, Fidelma provides a safe environment for supervisees to reflect upon the content and process of their work thereby allowing them to feel free to explore feelings and responses using a variety of creative methodologies and systemic constellation tools. This innovative approach to clinical supervision enables Fidelma to assist her supervisees in teasing out the relationship between therapist and client using 3-D tools to illustrate new possible perspectives on their clinical work. Find out more about creative supervision here.

Creative Counsellor for Young Adults

Her qualification as a Creative Arts Counsellor of Children and Young People has enabled Fidelma to integrate creative arts media from the Play Therapy experience with talking therapy skills while working with children and young adults. Working online has become increasingly popular as a safer and easier option for some adolescents. Fidelma has experienced high success rates in building the therapeutic relationship due to the young person’s ease, familiarity and proficiency in digital technology. Read more about creative counselling here.

Systemic Coach for Organisations

Fidelma’s interest in organisational dynamics stemmed from a long history of working in Non-Government-Organisations (NGOs). Working in different roles and capacities from team leader to CEO roles for over twenty years Fidelma gained in-depth insights into the complexities of organisational systems. These working experiences led to her participation a myriad of trainings in systemic organisational constellation work as well as in family constellation work developed by Bert Hellinger (you can read more about Bert Hellinger here).

While developing her style, as a constellations facilitator, Fidelma has worked with the following highly skilled and experienced trainers: Stephan Hausner: Germany, Jan Jacob Stam: Netherlands, Bibi Schreuder: Netherlands, Jane Peterson: US, Cecilio Fernández Regojo: Spain, Colette Green: Ireland, Annie Caipa: India and Illi Adato: London.

It is through this on-going upskilling of herself that Fidelma succeeds in enriching the quality and content of her own training delivery as a highly skilled coach. You can read more about Systemic Coaching and how it works here.

Professional Membership:

  • Infosyon: The International Forum for System Constellations in Organisations.
  • Play Therapy Ireland / Play Therapy International

Dance & Movement Facilitator

As a certified Laban Community Dance Leader, Fidelma has a passion for the arts, inspiring her to deliver community arts training programmes throughout Ireland between 1993 and 2004. She continues to integrate dance and movement into her work as a therapist and course director and has delivered conference workshops in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy and in the UK.

In 2015 Fidelma drew on her Laban Dance Leadership qualifications to upskill course directors and re-write the play therapy movement modules for Leeds Beckett University and for the National University of Ireland, Galway.

We are all dancers even in moments of stillness’.

Fidelma Twomey (1995) ‘The Learning Wheel’
dance and movement

Acorn Coaching Systems would like to acknowledge Play Therapy UK for the video displayed above.

Fidelma Twomey adheres to the standards which are set out by The Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

View Professional Standards Statement here.