About us

The Open Toy Box has 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.

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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
I have 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. 

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    MON-FRI 09:00 – 18:00
    SAT-SUN Closed

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    Karla is a certified Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) Practitioner.

    You can contact TOTB by post, by phone or send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.