About us

The Open Toy Box Team have years of clinical experience and specialised training to offer you. Our orientations include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centered (plus Play, Movement and Creative Arts) and Psychodynamic.

About the open toy box

Our Team consists of office manager, qualified Play Therapists, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  Our clients’ ages range from 18 months up to 82 years old!

Issues we work with, including those individuals seeking personal growth and greater self-expression:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Child related issues
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional issues (anger)
  • General counselling/Health related
  • Identity problems
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Relationships
  • Selective Mutism
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harming
  • Sexuality
  • Stress

about Karla

Karla holds the Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) that has deepened her practice experience, knowledge and skills in this area from working with and supporting children, young people and adults throughout this process.

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • MA in Practice Based Play Therapy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Play Therapy
  • MBACP (Accredited) Counsellor
  • UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor
  • Former APAC Course Director for Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy
The Open Toy Box
We are team of Qualified Therapists with enthusiasm, commitment, care and warmth who work with young people, adults and families
Karla Burley, MA
Founder, The Open Toy Box


Most frequent questions and answers

Therapeutic Life Story work is a therapeutic process, based on traditional Life Story work, but with a more therapeutic method, as introduced by Richard Rose.

Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) is usually carried out on Adopted children to help them understand their history, and how this has shaped their present, and work on it to improve their future.

TLSW gives these children a voice and an opportunity to explore their past, and their feelings about it, and see how these are relevant to their feelings today. 

    Get in touch

    the open toy box

    Corner Lodge
    31 Grove Gardens
    Tring, Hertfordshire
    HP23 5PX

    Contact Us

    Phone : 07971 486685

    Email : karla@theopentoybox.co.uk

    Our Hours

    MON-FRI 09:00 – 18:00

    SAT-SUN Closed

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