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Empowering Children, Parents & Teachers

Click Here for your free eBookWe are a dynamic Counselling and Education Consultancy service providing Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Lego Based Therapy, Lego Groups, Emotional Learning Groups and education support services for children, families and schools.
 
We believe in sharing our knowledge to improve outcomes for children and providing a safe space for clients, whether children, parents or school staff to be supported to achieve their full potential.
 
Our therapists are available for face to face consults, teletherapy sessions, group sessions (pending the current COVID restrictions), and school-based sessions.

Child Centered Therapists

 

What goes on in the Play Room?

The play room is unique space. It allows the child freedom to safely test boundaries and be in the control seat in a room full of toys. This can sound counterproductive to parents at first. Why would I allow my child who already has issues with challenging behaviours, control based anxiety and poor ability to follow instructions to be in the control seat of a therapy session? Don’t they need more structure and a lesson in compliance? Shouldn’t you be teaching them something?

Children do need structure, and they definitely need an adult to guide them in responsible and safe ways of being, along the way, learning what it means to follow societal rules and expectations.  Similar to learning how to drive, there is only so much we can learn  through someone explaining how to do it. Without experiencing actually driving there are many skills we couldn’t learn. 

This is especially true of children and adolescents, it’s hard to learn the “logical reasoning” part of their brain is yet to develop fully. Experiential learning is held elsewhere in the brain, so the Play room is a great space for learning what can happen when big feelings or challenges arise... Read More

Evidence-based Therapies

Art Therapy

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Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a therapeutic creative process, allowing the client to express stories, events and feelings in art.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Connecting with our certified therapy animals assists to regulate mood and emotions, practice social skills and language through training.

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Play Therapy

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Play Therapy

Play is a child’s language. Play is not only a developmental tool, it also provides the child opportunities to express and communicate their inner world.

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Introducing Elisha, Play Educate's Founding Director

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[3/3] “A few things have remained a constant for me through these turbulent past few years. The support from my family, a circle of friends who really have my back, my partner and the love, belief and support he gives me (and his left brained-ness balance to my right brained-ness). And further developing my skills and knowledge around counselling, creative Art Therapies and Play Therapy. Having the ability and skills to offer to families and children support in their challenges is really a privilege. As too is supporting other therapists with their caseload. I am proud of the knowledge, qualifications and experiences I have to draw from to offer a really diverse service. And so grateful that I am well enough to do so. I love that children look forward to the playroom, a place they can come and be completely themselves. They can explore themes at their own pace and they feel safe to do so. I love helping them in meeting their goals and seeing them grow with confidence and awe. I love that teens feel heard when they are in sessions, and the many tools they can access in my service allow boosts in their self esteem and engagement in many areas of their lives. I love the growth and self belief children develop in group programs and how willing children are to really be who they are. I am grateful for the flip side of the challenges I’ve faced. Although I wish many didn’t happen, I have gained some great insight and skills sitting in that vulnerability. I can sit with a parent and truly “get it”. I know what that uncertainty of a neurodiversity diagnosis feels like. I get what it feels like to wait for scary medical results. I get what it feels like to grieve. I get what it feels like to be silenced by a system we call judicial. I get what anger feels like when it consumes you. I get what anxiety feels like. I get what it feels like to be overwhelmed and want to run. I get that taking your child to a therapist can feel vulnerable and that change can be terrifying. And I get what it feels like to sit in all of that discomfort and come out the other side."

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