What we can help with

When people (big or small) are experiencing distress, they usually respond by internalising or externalising their reactions. When internalising, they are likely ‘swallowing’ their responses to their distress and may be experiencing worry or low mood. When externalising, they will usually ‘act out’, and we will observe problematic or troubling behaviours.

  • Emotional difficulties – stress, anxiety, depression, friendship problems, bullying, self-esteem, identity issues and emotional regulation
  • Behavioural problems – impulsivity, anger, defiance, aggression
  • Family issues – adjusting to parental separation & divorce & family relationship counselling.
  • Trauma – following traumatic events and complex childhood trauma
  • School associated problems – school anxiety, school avoidance and school refusal, problems with academic achievement, test anxiety

What to expect

Our consultations take place in a fabulous playroom for younger children, an outside area and other comfortable and private spaces for teens and young people. We can see siblings together if indicated.

Our process starts with an intake with a parent/s present. We like everyone to be on the same page regarding what is currently tricky or troubling for you or your child. We also like to establish the limits of confidentiality and the ground rules for communicating about the child or the process.

Once we have seen you together the rest of the session is an assessment session with your child. This assessment helps us to establish the focus of the therapy. Then it’s ready, set, go… playtime! (Or talk time, for the teens who are beyond play).

A therapy session is 30 to 50 minutes long and a parent or guardian must remain in the practice until your child is finished.

Parent feedback / confidentiality

It is important that your child regards the therapy session as a safe space to share their thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Thus, our preferred method for feedback would be for you to attend part of a session with your child, where together we can report back on the progress in therapy and our thoughts about future directions. This is usually done in consultation with your child to protect their confidentiality.

“You’re off to great places, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way.”

– Dr Seuss

A little help goes a long way

Please contact us to book an appointment or to discuss more about how we can help.