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ABC Play Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Adelaide

Play Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy

 
 
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Play Therapy a Child-Centred Approach

Play can make a difference

  • Play is educational, in that it teaches motor skills, social skills, language and cognitive skills

  • Children can express themselves in play, working through problems and fears

  • Play helps to integrate many skills as the child grows and develops,

  • Play helps children problem solve, they become more resilient

  • Play helps the brain grow and mature

In Child Play Therapy the child is seen as the agent of their own change, they have the capability to help themselves, they are the centre of the therapy. In much the same as person-centred therapy for adults, play therapy helps support the child to find their own answers, to build their resilience and learn about themselves. Play therapy is non-directive, meaning the child is in charge of what they want to work on in the session, there are limits but not rules and the child is free to move around at their own pace.

As children use play to communicate, to process, to understand, to learn and to develop their skills it seems natural to use this method of communication to work with a child that is struggling. 

In Play Therapy a therapeutic space is created that is safe, predictable and non-directive. An attachment based relationship is created by the therapist that allows the child to feel free to explore their own issues, their fears and emotions, without judgement or comment. The child directs their own behaviour, and works on the issues that they would like to.

The playroom is a special place, there are limits but not rules, and the therapist is an adult but not a teacher. The child can be and do whatever they want.

 

Learn to Play

Coping with developmental challenges

Learn to Play therapy is a technique developed to help children who struggle to play. Not all children are capable of play, especially pretend play. Children with neurological disorders or disabilities, children with language difficulties, have suffered trauma and those that may demonstrate behavioural disorders or difficulties, are all examples of those that may have difficulty in playing. And are also demonstrative of those that could benefit from the Learn to play program.

Learn to Play therapy aims to support the child to play independently and spontaneously, to increase their ability to use their imagination and increase their use of narrative in their play. Benefits can include:

  • language sounds increasing

  • communication

  • learning capacity increases

  • the use of symbols increase

  • play becomes more spontaneous

  • the length of play increases in time

  • peer interactions increase

  • and there is more joy and happiness in the child

Humanistic Play Therapy

Helping the child find their own answers

In Child Play Therapy the child is seen as the agent of their own change, they have the capability to help themselves, they are the centre of the therapy. In much the same as person-centred therapy for adults, play therapy helps support the child to find their own answers, to build their resilience and learn about themselves. Play therapy is non-directive, meaning the child is in charge of what they want to work on in the session, there are limits but not rules and the child is free to move around at their own pace.

As children use play to communicate, to process, to understand, to learn and to develop their skills it seems natural to use this method of communication to work with a child that is struggling.

In Play Therapy a therapeutic space is created that is safe, predictable and non-directive. An attachment based relationship is created by the therapist that allows the child to feel free to explore their own issues, their fears and emotions, without judgement or comment. The child directs their own behaviour, and works on the issues that they would like to. The playroom is a special place, there are limits but not rules, and the therapist is an adult but not a teacher. The child can be and do whatever they want.


Play therapy is effective in helping children dealing with many different problems; an example of these are:

  • Social adjustments

  • Literacy and numeracy

  • Sleeping

  • Bullying

  • Divorce

  • Grief

  • Trauma (neglect/sexual, emotional or physical abuse)

  • Attachment difficulties

  • Emotional overreaction

  • Anxiety

Filial Therapy

Strengthening families through play

Filial Therapy is a therapy technique that teaches parents or caregivers to use therapeutic play with their own children. Filial Therapy involves everyone in the immediate family, this is to help cement unity and consistency within the household.
The Filial Therapy technique creates the same shifts as play therapy but as it is the primary caregiver of the children the shifts are stronger, faster and longer lasting. The belief behind this is that parents know their child more intimately, parents have a stronger influence in their child’s life, there is not a requirement of rapport building as there is between the therapist and child; the relationship is already there.
The main aim of Filial Therapy is to create a more empathic, understanding and supportive family as a whole. With the added lifelong goal of having special time between the child and the parent.

Lighthouse

Couselling and Psychotherapy

At ABC Therapy we see the child as a part of a many systems, the most important one being the family system. That is why we also offer counselling and psychotherapy to our families and all other individuals that feel they need support.


One of the most important questions we are often asked is “What is the difference between, counselling, psychotherapy and psychology?”


Counselling is often seen as a short service that is focused more on specific issues, concerns, and worries, whereas psychotherapy is a longer approach that seeks to view the person in a holistic fashion; its structure seeks to explore the entire person in relation to their concerns, worries and problems. This psychotherapy is often structured by a specific technique such as Narrative Therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Psychologists can be psychotherapist’s as well but are essentially trained at first in the study of the human mind, and therefore they may undertake assessments and diagnostic work before undertaking the psychotherapy process.


At ABC, we specialise in counselling and psychotherapy. Our approach is always person centred, our belief is that while a diagnosis can be important, it is not always necessary. Essentially our service prides itself in the belief that all of us are able to find our own answers and are agents in our own change. We feel that most of us do not need to be told what to do, but rather supported to find how we can manage our own issues. This leads to higher levels of resilience and in most cases the changes we make will be permanent, which is not always the case when we are told what to do.


Our service is open to all individuals, couples and families that are in need of support, you may have a diagnosis or are struggling with everyday life challenges; either way we can help you.

 

Hours of opening

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.30pm (last appointment starts 4.30pm).
Some after hours appointments available on request.

 
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Online booking
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Please feel free to contact for more information on how Play Therapy can help your child. 

Or contact me for any of your personal counselling needs. 

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Address:

Shop 3 1263 North East Road, Ridgehaven, 5097

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Phone:

0490077141