Tips for Parents

What happens after the initial interview?

We will discuss a time suitable for you and your child, and make a regular appointment time.  It is best if the day and the time remain the same each week so that your child knows that that will be his special time.

Why should the time be regular and weekly/fortnightly?

It communicates a number of things to your child.
A regular, predictable time helps your child feel secure in respect to coming to therapy.  It helps to let him know that his time in therapy is valued, and that he is valued.

It is also important because therapy is a process, which aims to help your child work out whatever is upsetting or troubling him.  He needs to be able to attend regularly so that he can develop a relationship of trust with the therapist, and feel safe enough to do what he needs to do.

What happens in play therapy?

You child works with the therapist in a playroom, which has a wide variety of toys and resources that have been chosen so that he can express his feelings and problems.

Your child is free to choose whatever toys she would like to play with, in ways that she would like.  The therapist does not attempt to direct the child as to with what he might play, or how he might play. The therapist observes the child’s actions and feelings closely, may join in the play if invited to do so by the child, and may set limits if the child’s behaviour is dangerous or destructive.

How many sessions are needed in Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)?

While it is impossible to predict exactly how many sessions will be needed for each child, in most cases 15 to 20 sessions are sufficient. Children progress through four stages in CCPT at their own pace. Initially they take time to develop a trusting relationship with the therapist. Then they use their time in the playroom to wrestle with their inner conflicts at the root of their distress. In this stage most of the hard work gets done. Eventually, children gain a better sense of control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. If a child is highly anxious or is experiencing ongoing stress, the process may take longer.

"We love working with you and your children."