- Play Therapy
- Adolescent Therapy
- Parental Counselling
- Individual Therapy
- Psycho-educational Assessment
Areas of special interest
- Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Social Difficulties
- Parenting Difficulties
- Bereavement and loss
“Play is the child’s symbolic language of self-expression…”
Play therapy uses play as a mode of communication when working in a therapeutic context with a child. The child ‘works through’ emotional difficulties by engaging in play within a safe and confidential environment where the therapist is accepting, non-judgmental and entirely present. A trusting relationship between the therapist and child is important as this creates a safe space for a child to explore their difficult emotions, fears, anxieties and negative life experiences freely and without judgement.
In the case of a therapeutic intervention with a minor (child under the age of eighteen) an initial parent interview is conducted. For the purpose of gaining the necessary background and related information (presenting problem, developmental history and previous therapeutic interventions or evaluations for example) it is requested that both parents/legal guardian/s are present at the initial parent interview.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Child and adolescent therapy focuses on addressing a wide range of difficulties present within the following relationships; family, sibling, peer and parent-child relationship. Such difficulties may include;
- Adjusting to a difficult life transition or change (divorce, separation, relocation)
- Challenges within the school context (bullying, peer pressure and substance abuse)
- Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
- Social difficulties with peers
- Sibling Rivalry
- Strained family relations
- Difficulties with self-confidence
- Difficulties with assertiveness
- Grief and loss
- Emotional and behavioral challenges
Filial therapy may be better understood as Child-Parent-Relationship therapy whereby the therapist facilitates communication between parent and child by utilizing play. This is a short-term therapeutic intervention but is one which equips parents with the skills necessary for continuation of intervention within the family home.
Parental guidance assists parents in exploring options, alternatives or accommodations to the family’s current ways of functioning within the family system. Furthermore, this particular intervention aims to assist as well as support a parent or parents with parenting challenges or difficulties they may be experiencing. The key areas of focus in this regard include;
- Difficulties in communicating effectively with your child
- Difficulties understanding your child and his/her behaviours
- Challenges with motivating your child in any area of their life (family, social, school context)
- Difficulties containing a child’s emotional responses
- Managing significant life changes and adjustments to family functioning following a divorce, relocation, loss or trauma.
- Difficulties managing challenging behavioral responses
Assist in identifying an individual’s current level of cognitive and academic functioning. Furthermore, specific difficulties (such as problems related to attention and concentration for example) affecting academic performance may be identified. Subsequently, relevant recommendations and interventions to address the areas of academic difficulty are included in the final report and communicated to parents in the feedback session.
Psychometric assessments require completion of several steps which are as follows;
Parents attend an initial interview in which the necessary background and collateral sources of information can be gathered by the Educational Psychologist. The assessment process is explained and any questions regarding the process can be addressed at this time.
Please Note: It is important to note that in the case of therapeutic interventions or psychometric assessments conducted with minors (individual under the age of eighteen), it is a requirement of the law that BOTH parents (or legal guardian/s) of the client sign the informed consent form.
The psychometric assessment battery is administered on agreed upon times and dates. The assessment process is usually completed over two or three separate assessment consultations.
The assessment results are scored and interpreted (This process is not completed on the day of the assessment)
A comprehensive report discussing the assessment results and outcomes is compiled and finalised (This process is not completed on the day of the assessment).
The assessment results and outcomes are communicated to the parents in a scheduled feedback session. Parents are also provided with a comprehensive report outlining the assessment findings and professional recommendations.