Play Therapy

We offer play therapy incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children. This has been found to be the therapy of choice for Anxiety and anxiety related disorders such as social anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This approach is very practical and goal orientated. The parents and/or caregivers are also expected to be actively involved in the process.

Children are not ‘small adults’ and they do not yet have the vocabulary and skills to work through their problems in the same manner as adults. Psychotherapeutic intervention is a valuable way to empower children to work through these difficulties in accordance to their developmental abilities.

Play Therapy is offered for children aged 7 years and up. Our psychologists work with a broad range of emotional, cognitive, development and psychiatric problems with which children may present.

The process works as follows: parents and/or caregivers attend an intake session with the psychologist (your child does not come to this) at which the psychologist finds out more about your child and explains the process moving forward. This is followed by scheduling an appointment with the psychologist for them to see your child and start the process of play therapy. Regular feedback sessions are also scheduled throughout the play therapy process.

This has been shown to be highly effective in treating the following, although it is not limited to the following:

  • Bullying
  • Extreme Shyness
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Family Conflict, e.g. Divorce
  • Phobias & amp
  • Fears
  • Bedwetting
  • Bereavement & amp Grief
  • Trauma
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Anxiety

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