About Darling BUDS Of play

The Darling BUDS of Play therapy operates in Sussex, to support children’s and adolescents emotional well-being. Our ethos aims to secure a quality service by continually enhancing professional development, reflective practice and creativity. We value authenticity, empathy and unconditional positive regard as strengths to our success. Our professionals hold acute understanding of symptoms which surround conditions such as:Autism, ADHD, EBD, Profound, Multiple and Complex Learning Difficulties and children exposed to Trauma or Bereavement.

Our service strives to be a successful ambassador for Play Therapy UK where quality training, conduct and effective practice matters.


Be Enter a protected and accepting space with tools that allow a natural form of self expression
Understand Explore the depth of repressed limitations to gain insight over past and present barriers
Develop Bring forth new ideas and define individuality
Scope Feel a sense of ownership and commitment to possibilities and hold a positive outlook towards future prospects

About Felicia Colwood

I believe all children must be given opportunities to aim high and achieve their full potential in all aspects of life, whatever their circumstances. With the right approach, the barriers between a child and their ability to emotionally, socially and academically thrive will be reduced. The child or young person will be able to grow with the essence of a secure and trusting inner resource and a true sense of self.

“Once we have gained inner mastery of a problem, it will come about naturally that the action we take will succeed” (I Ching, 1971)

Seven years within Special Educational Needs provided the guidance needed to redirect my approach to working with children. Fulfilling training hours in a mainstream school, led to the opportunity of working with families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Through providing emotional and practical support, the recognition of an attuned, empathic and intuitive nature developed and held the alliance needed to anchor healing. Personal attributes include commitment, enthusiasm and a natural energy towards life, work and play.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development – University of Brighton
  • Filial Play Mentoring
  • Working towards MA in Practice Based Play Therapy


PTUK Certified Play Therapist, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance: Towergate, Clinically Supervised, up to date Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Checks, Membership of PTUK and abide by West Sussex County Councils Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

Special Thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all the inspiring children, young people and families that I have had great pleasure in working so closely with over the years, who have taught me so much and who have helped shape the practitioner I am today.