About Coopt Team

Here are the people who are currently on our steering group. We have had a number of fantastic people help over the years and would like to thank them for their support. If you would interesting in joining our steering group finding out more please click here,

Ali Chown

Ali Chown has worked as a play therapist since 2004 and is a supervisor and trainer and author of Play Therapy in the Outdoors and A Practical Guide to Play Therapy in the Outdoors. She spent much of her career working as a specialist Support Teacher for young people with SEMh needs and has worked in mainstream, PRU Special School settings. She is the founder of COOPT and Director of Phoenix Play.  Ali has lectured at foundation degree level, worked with teachers in Myanmar taught and at the Romanian School of Play and Drama Therapy. She delivers the Play Therapy in the Outdoors session to 2nd year play therapy students at Roehampton University.

Ali Book’s https://www.waterstones.com/author/alison-chown/338243

Kate Macairt

Kate Macairt is a play therapist, from Creative Spark Training and has been working with children and young adults for over 10 years as a therapist and previously for 18years as a teacher. Her background is in Expressive Arts Education and her interest in the significance of the creative instinct led her to research creativity and its connection to well-being and academic achievement as part of a Master’s in Education. Kate’s passion and love of Mother Nature and spending time outside has infiltrated her role as Teacher of Art and as Play Therapist.  Kate helps facilitate at North Devon Forest School and is a co – founder and steering group member of the Collaboration of Outdoor Play Therapists. (COOPT). Kate has been a freelance Senior Course Director for Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy for 10 years teaching the Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. She is also a Landplay Trainer and Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery and has worked and taught internationally.


Leone Ellis

My name is Leone Ellis (MA).  I am originally from Totnes in Devon and now live in Exeter with my husband and two daughters.  I have a Masters Degree in Practice-based Play Therapy from Canterbury Christchurch University and over 15 years experience working with children and families in various roles in the UK and overseas.I am an accredited(senior) rather than certified  play therapist which means I have completed many hours of working with children.

Molly Hopkinshaw

Ian Broady

My name is Ian Broady I have worked with children and families for over 20 Years.​ I live in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and love it. 

I have been a Play Therapist for 12 years working around Gloucestershire in and out of schools. I set up the Spiral Tree because I am passionate about helping families reconnecting with each other. This connection is through play therapy, family support or parent and child relationship workshops. ​

I have regular Clinical Supervision with an experienced supervisor. I believe it is important you are able to fully reflect on your practice to grow and become a better therapist. 

I am a Clinical Supervisor working creatively with the unqualified and qualified therapists and school staff


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