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THERAPY SESSIONS

Therapy sessions are generally 60 minutes in length.
My office hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 weekdays and 8:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

PLAY THERAPY

Play therapy is employed with children aged 3 through 12 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help children, to prevent and resolve psychosocial challenges. This helps them towards better social integration, growth, and development.

Play therapy is also a tool for diagnosis. By observing a child playing with toys, the therapist can determine the cause of disturbed behaviour. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behaviour both inside and outside the session. Children engage in play behaviour in order to work through their interior anxieties and bewilderment. Plato rightly said about play: “you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
Friedrich Fröbel, in his book “The Education of man” emphasized the importance of symbolism in play: “play is the highest development in children, for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child’s soul…children’s play is not mere sport. It is full of meaning and import”
During play therapy, therefore, the therapist would create a safe space for the child to re-enact traumatic events and release the associated emotions. Conditional for this process to occur as a growth experience, is the emotional relationship between the child and therapist that needs to develop to a point of security, trust and mutual respect.

I offer play therapy for children who are experiencing or have experienced:
Abuse and neglect
Fears, worries and anxieties
Low self-esteem and confidence
Trauma
Parental divorce
Sibling rivalry
Sleeping problems
Aggression, acting out behaviour
Enuresis and encopresis

ADOLESCENT THERAPY

Adolescence is a stage at which an individual is no longer a child, but is not yet an adult. Life becomes more complex at this stage, as one attempts to find one’s own identity, struggles with social interaction, and grapples with moral issues. Adolescents have the task of discovering who they are as individuals separate from their family of origin, and as members of a wider society. There are therefore many challenges facing this developmental stage, which can cause role confusion and upheaval.
I can provide assistance in the following adolescent psychological concerns:

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

This aims to assist and support parents with parenting challenge, especially in the areas of communication with your child, understanding your child’s behaviour, challenges with discipline, motivation of your child and managing adjustments of the family to difficult circumstances. I offer a series of sessions for parents following the STEP program( link to STEP Program description)

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

The goal of good psychotherapy is change, and a qualified therapist is professionally trained to help you identify and work towards your goals. A good therapist is someone you can easily talk to and cares about you and your problems. Therapists are professionally trained to work with you to identify areas in your life that you want to change and support you through the process. The quality of your relationship with an empathic, knowledgeable therapist is what matters most.
What you might gain through therapy: greater self-awareness, feeling more alive, energized, more compassionate and tolerant of one's humanity and of others, self-acceptance, greater confidence and clarity about wants and needs, more intimacy and connection with others. A clearer vision of what life is about, and what your goals are, to name just a few

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"Play is the highest from of research." Albert Einstein
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