Child Centered Play Therapy for Psychological Healing in Children
We can assist your child with many issues including:
- Anxiety and stress
- Making friends / Social difficulties
- Self-esteem issues
- Divorce and family breakdown
- Physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect
- Grief and loss
- Adoption and fostering issues
- Anger and aggressive behaviours
- Acting out behaviours
- Excessive fear, worry and shyness
- Physical symptoms without a medical cause
- Chronic illness and medical anxiety
We help children heal emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties by developing a safe and trusting relationship which enables children to play out and resolve deeper issues.
At Play Therapy Melbourne, our child psychologists and child counsellors specialise in psychological healing for children. We practice Non-Directive Child Centered Play Therapy which is a gentle form of child counselling where the therapist enters the world of the child through their play. The therapist trusts the child to lead the therapist, through play, to the exact issues the child needs to work on. In the same way that adults use words to discuss their concerns through counselling, children use play to work though their thoughts and feelings.
“In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language” Dr Garry Landreth
We are an experienced team of child psychologists and child counsellors, specialising in counselling children aged 2 to 13 years. We provide services for children, young people and parents across Melbourne, including Eltham. The therapists at Play Therapy Melbourne are fully accredited Play Therapists who have completed extensive training with Play Therapy Australia, an internationally renowned training program which has been heralded as among the top five programs in the world. As members of the Australian Play Therapists Association, the therapists at Play Therapy Melbourne adhere to the Best Practice Guidelines and abide by their professional body’s Code of Ethics. We currently operate from the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Play Therapy Melbourne currently has locations across Melbourne, including Eltham. Please Contact Us to discuss your closest location.
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We have contributed to the Royal Commission into Family Violence
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We see clients from the Northern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and surrounding areas.