FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FIRST STEPS TO ENGAGING IN PLAY THERAPY
1. Submit online referral form (self referrals are welcome)
2. An Initial phone call will take place to determine suitability
3. We will meet for an initial parent consultation that are around 90 minutes long before therapy begins.
The session, which should take place without the child, will cover the following topics:
Your worries/concerns for your child and your family
Child's development and family history
Process of play therapy,
Confidentiality, and other practical factors are discussed
4. Assessments will begin
(This may involve assessments with parents or a whole family observation session to help determine treatment plans)
HOW DO WE SIGN UP FOR GROUP SESSIONS AND HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED?
Group sessions are provided regularly throughout the calendar year. For weekly groups we try keeping numbers at 4-6 children to ensure the needs of all children are being met.
Day Workshops may have up to 12 children participate at a time.
You can register for groups on our upcoming workshops page, we will be in contact with you once we gain enough interest for each of our upcoming workshops.
For groups with more children or children with specific needs an educational support staff member will be available.
Self and Plan Managed NDIS accepted for group programs as well as private paying participants.
CAN GROUP PROGRAMS BE OFFERED AS OUTREACH AT SCHOOLS OR FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Yes, we offer outreach group programs and workshops to schools, kinders, childcares and community groups. Please contact to discuss dates, amount of children, fees etc.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEEING A PSYCHOLOGIST AND SEEING A PLAY THERAPIST?
Play therapy is a type of child counselling that provides medium to long-term support via weekly sessions. Psychologists typically provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave) CBT can be accessed services under the Medicare rebate scheme, which provides 6-10 sessions per calendar year with more short-term intervention then what Play therapy would provide.