pAula calleja FRIEND OF THE FACTORY - play therapist
Paula is a seasoned child specialist, having been a primary school teacher since 1999. She read for a first degree in Psychology (B.Psy(Gen) University of Malta, 1998), and furthered her studies obtaining a teaching warrant (PGCE Early Childhood Education 1998). She also has an MA in Special Needs from Nottingham University in the UK (2005).
Paula has extensive experience in the educational and social field, working with children and youth. She further obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy in 2014 (Certified Play Therapist APAC via Canterbury Christchurch University) and has since worked as a Play Therapist in schools and in private practice. She is a Member of the Malta Association of Play Therapists and currently forms part of the Committee as Public Relations Officer.
Paula reiterates that Play therapy is a powerful medium which helps people work on their internal issues at their own pace in a safe environment. Her primary areas of interest are helping children with a wide range of issues including low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, friendships and parental separation. She brings her passion for caring and healing through play to Polaris.