Maha Ghazale is a certified Play Therapist and parenting coach and currently training as an Infant Mental Health Specialist with UC Davis. She has trained through the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) and is a member of Play Therapy International. Maha is on the United Kingdom’s Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, which the Professional Standards Authority has accredited. She is currently working with children and families in Beirut, Lebanon.

Maha offers early intervention for infants, children and adolescents. A deep knowledge informs her therapeutic approach regarding brain development and functioning and the understanding that relationships are essential to being human. Her interest is supporting your child’s well-being and emotional resilience, nurturing cooperation, and strengthening the child-parent relationship.

Maha integrates several skills and theories into her practice,  focusing on attachment-based approaches, such as Circle of Security International, Play Therapy, and Dr. Bruce Perry’s NMT certification of trauma-informed practice with neuroscience. Maha’s certifications and experience have helped individuals and families find the needed support to heal from trauma, adversity, and mental health challenges.

In 2022, Maha co-authored a therapeutic children’s story with Sophie Marsh for children affected by the August 4th Beirut Blast. Copies were distributed in schools, organizations, refugee camps and clinics in her country Lebanon to help children process and cope with having witnessed the tragic event. More copies got distributed to schools and organizations in the United Kingdom for children who have experienced similar tragic circumstances.

My Qualifications

  • Collaborative Problem-Solving tier 1
  • PG Diploma of Play Therapy, Leeds Beckett University & APAC
  • PG Certificate of Therapeutic Play Skills, Leeds Beckett University & APAC
  • Certification as Trainer in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (completed Phase I, II), a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children
  • AutPlay Therapy – a play therapy approach designed to address the needs of autistic children, neurodivergent children, and their families
  • Circle of Security (COSP™) Facilitator
  • Nature Based Play Therapy
  • Trauma Play
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood Education
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