Out of the Woods - Our story

Kerra Hancock and Carol Whibley trained together as play therapists in Cornwall with PTUK. Since qualifying, they have recognised a need in Cornwall for families to be able to access good quality therapy with qualified practitioners.

The county of Cornwall lacked a register of therapists and child psychotherapists who work specifically with children and young people, and they felt, by forming a Community Interest Company they could develop a point of contact for anyone wanting to find out more about therapy, find a therapist and to access funding, subsidised sessions or projects. Kerra and Carol are Executive Directors of Out of the Woods and Certified Play Therapists and Jae Hainsworth is our Non-Executive Director.

Children's emotional health is at the heart of the company's ethos.

Registrations and Accreditations

Kerra Hancock and Carol Whibley are on the PTUK Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The programme was set up by the Authority to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public in general and in our case, the children in particular. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service. Play Therapy UK’s (PTUK) Register accredited by the PSA is the quality assurance scheme for therapeutic work with children in Cornwall. The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) is the organisation through which we gained our qualification. Kerra is also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is also accredited by the PSA.

PSA accredited register - Play Therapy UK member PTUK  - Play Therapy UK member APAC BACP members

Meet the team

To find out more about our team and their individual additional accreditations, please click the images below.

Read our Reviews

I received great support from Out Of The Woods when our family needed it the most. Thank you.


"I cannot begin to explain the difference that play therapy made to my son. He was dealing with some major anxiety but now after his play therapy sessions with Carol he is a changed child, so happy and confident. I cannot thank Out of the Woods enough for the change that they made to our son's life and our whole family unit. I would recommend this to anyone".

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