WHO ARE WE?
Centre for Play Therapy provides child counselling services at locations across South East Queensland including North Brisbane, Maroochydore and Bayside regions, as well as Central Queensland including Emerald and Rockhampton.
WHAT IS OUR APPROACH?
Centre for Play Therapy utilises Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) as our approach to working collaboratively with children and families. This modality provides a safe space for children to explore their issues and experiences, and develop positive coping strategies.
WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?
Individual child centred play therapy sessions, Parent consultations, Intensive child centred play therapy (suitable for clients in rural and remote regions), Teens play therapy program, Filial therapy for parents/carers, Supervision, and Clinical training program.
Who is eligible for play therapy?
C4PT currently provides play therapy services to children aged 2- 12 years, however referrals for young people will also be considered.
What are the benefits of play therapy?
Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioural and learning problems including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Death/ grief and loss
- Chronic illness
- Physical and/ or sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Social/ relationship issues
Play therapy helps children:
- Become more responsible for behaviours and develop successful strategies
- Develop new and creative solutions to problems
- Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
- Learn to experience and express emotions
- Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
- Develop empathy and respect for self and others
Centre for Play Therapy was established in February 2016 by founder and CEO Kylie Ellison. Kylie had recently completed child centred play therapy training through Play Therapy Australia and identified a need for local services specialising in child centred play therapy.
Since that time, Centre for Play Therapy has grown, establishing offices at Brendale, Cleveland, Maroochydore, Rockhampton and Emerald.
“Helping children heal through play”. For child centred play therapy to be recognised as the preferred method for supporting children and young people therapeutically who are struggling to cope.
To provide a range of child centred play therapy services to assist children to process their feelings, thoughts and experience and thereby improving the quality of their lives.
Why Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication of children. Children use play to express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express it. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is their language. Play therapy provides the opportunity for children to develop insight and resolution about inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking, along with learning more adaptive behaviours when there are emotional or skills deficits.
How does it work?
Sessions take between 30- 50 minutes on a weekly basis, with regular parent/ consultations also conducted to work in collaboration with all family involved.
Kylie Ellison, CEO of Centre for Play Therapy is officially a finalist in the regional business category of the 2019 Mumpreneur Awards for her work in Central Queensland. Read more about the awards at https://ausmumpreneur.com/.