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Meet the Team

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Our Core Values

Empathy

We approach every individual with empathy, providing space and understanding for healing and growth.

Holistic and Person-Centred

Our commitment to holistic care means we provide comprehensive support that addresses the emotional, psychological, and environmental wellbeing of each individual.

Neuro-Affirming

Our practice embraces neurodiversity, promoting inclusivity and positive environments for all children and young people. We work to reshape environments to suit the child, working with their neurodiversity.

Advocacy

Advocacy is at the heart of our practice, supporting parents and caregivers to advocate for their children’s wellbeing within school settings and beyond.

Collaboration

We believe in collaborative partnerships with parents and caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals, working together to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

Continuous Learning

We continuously work to develop our skills and knowledge to deliver the highest quality of care in Play Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy and Professional Supervision. Our commitment to lifelong learning ensures we are up-to-date with the latest research and best practices.

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Play Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy

A Bit about Play Therapy

Child-Centred Play Therapy is an evidence-based, age-appropriate approach to child therapy that builds on the normal communication style of children.

 

Therapists intentionally use Play Therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they don't have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. In Play Therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language.​

 

Children who have engaged in Play Therapy develop many skills to take into adulthood, including:

 

  • Becoming more responsible for behaviours and actions

  • Developing new and creative solutions to problems

  • Developing respect and acceptance of self and others

  • Learning to experience and express emotions

  • Learning new social skills and relational skills with their family

  • Developing empathy and respect for self and others.

What is Arts Therapy?

Creative Arts Therapy is a mental health treatment combining Psychotherapy Counselling with the arts. 

 

It is based on the understanding that creativity enhances the wellbeing of all people and is a natural aspect to all cultures and human experiences.

 

Creative Arts Therapy sessions can include exploration through:

 

  • Talking

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Movement

  • Music

  • Drama

  • Sandplay

  • Writing

  • Poetry, and

  • The use of images and objects

 

Anyone can take part in Art Therapies, and you don’t need previous experience with art. This therapeutic approach can be particularly helpful for people who have experienced trauma or have difficulty communicating verbally. Creative processes can be a way for clients to explore and express feelings that may be hard to put into words, and to find new pathways to healing. In this way, a Creative Arts Therapy session is quite different to an art class or lesson.

Arts Therapy can be effective in:

  • Reducing stress

  • Improving emotional regulation

  • Improving communication skills

  • Improving problem solving skills

  • Reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms

  • Developing insight and self-awareness

  • Improving self-esteem

  • Resolving psychological conflicts

  • Processing trauma

  • Promoting resilience

  • Strengthening play and imagination.

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Can my child benefit from seeing a play therapist?

Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioural and learning problems including:

  • Anxiety

  • Family Separation

  • Trauma

  • ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Death/grief and loss

  • Chronic illness

  • Physical and/or sexual abuse

  • Domestic violence

  • Natural disasters

  • Social/relationship issues.

Book an Appointment

Book an initial consultation in person or online to see how we can best support your family 

Please contact me for more information 

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