Play & Expressive Therapy

Play to Grow | Play and Expressive Therapy for children aged 3 – 16 years

Do you have a child in the family who has experienced any of the following?

  • anxiety, stress or depression
  • trauma or distress
  • exposure to family violence
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • divorced or separated parents
  • loss or bereavement
  • is not realising their full potential academically or socially
  • bullies others or is bullied themselves
  • has an illness, disability or developmental disorder

If so, then play and expressive therapy may help. We offer play and expressive therapies for children and young people between 3 and 16 years of age who are impacted by emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, and we use a variety of play and creative techniques to alleviate mild, moderate and chronic psychological and emotional conditions.

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a well established and researched discipline based upon the fact that play is a child’s natural medium of self-expression.
It provides an opportunity given to the child to ‘play out’ his or her feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ their difficulties.

Specific play therapy techniques include drawing & painting. molding & clay, sand tray, music, dance & movement, drama – role play, puppets and creative visualization.

Does It Work?

With the parent’s or carer’s permission, assessment tools are used to measure the changes that take place in the child’s behavior and emotional state. In the majority of cases, there is a marked improvement.

(Video courtesy of Play Therapy Australia)

What happens next?

  • Initial assessment: The therapist will first meet with you, the parent or carer and complete an assessment. This enables us to design a specific care plan to provide the most suitable and effective treatment options for your child
  • Sessions: The child or young person attends a minimum of 12 sessions with one of our Play Therapists
  • Reviews: We connect with you the child’s parent or carer about mid-way through the 12 sessions to answer any of your questions, offer additional support and give updates on the child’s progress
  • Length: Each session is approximately 50 minutes depending on the child’s age
  • Fees: Our fee structure is designed to make counselling accessible to all families. Please call to discuss payment plans. Bridging the Gap is an NDIS approved provider

Our therapists are highly qualified and registered with Play Therapy International and Play Therapy UK. Bridging The Gap is a member of the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association.
Our main goal is to provide hope, healing, and change for children and their families.

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