Telling stories to calm big emotions 'Stories empower us to move forward and master the moments when we feel out of control. When we give them words our frightening and painful experiences-when we literally come to terms with them-they often become much less frightening and painful. When we help our children name their pain and their fears, we help…Read more
About: Bobbi Cruice
Bobbi practises Child Centered Play Therapy which is based on acceptance, respect and authenticity in the relationship between therapist and child. She enjoys photography, gardening and walking with her beautiful old dog.
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A letter saying 'sorry'. Dear Niece, I am writing to you about …Read more
A book for parents I can't help but think that the book 'The Whole-Brain Child' will be a great help for many parents. I really love the way the authors have presented their strategies for parents who are emotionally focused (right brain) and also parents who are more focused on creating solutions (left brain). That…Read more
First, children have a natural ability to play from a very early age. They are able to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in therapy with play. This method of expression is a useful tool for children aged 3 to 12 years as developmentally they have not acquired adult language. Play in the therapy…Read more
In 2017 I moved Swing High Counselling for Children from the Palmwoods village a few streets down to my home address 5 Bush Tree Crt. Little did I realise that my young clients would enjoy the company of my cat, Lynx. We inherited Lynx from my daughter when she went overseas. Lynx was a stray…Read more
I had a dream I was 50 years of age before I had the courage to do my Psychology Degree. I knew I wanted to be a therapist from the very beginning if I'm honest. Why did it take so long to enrol in university? What held me back? My excuses I said that I…Read more
The start When you feel as though your child might need some extra help, it's the beginning of a journey that you may not finish. You may end up not taking your child to a therapist. Why? Because it can be scary for some parents. The 'what ifs' The 'what ifs' come first. What…Read more
Self-efficacy/confidence We all need self-efficacy to cope in life. Self-efficacy is a belief that we are able to perform in ways that will help meet our needs. For example, children with high self-efficacy believe they have many ways to help themselves to learn something new, even if they run into a snag. They are motivated…Read more
The story of Jill, 8 years In a recent session with a young child name Jill, aged 8 years, I noticed growth in her level of confidence. According to her parents, Jill was not confident at school and so found it very difficult to make friends. She always had to ask other children if she…Read more
Here are some thoughts.... How do children deal with the new routine of prep? I wonder what it would be like for a five year old on his first days at prep? Would he feel happy, sad, afraid, excited or angry? If so how would he express his feelings? If he was at kindergarten, childcare…Read more
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