Although everyone benefits, play therapy we especially work with children aged 5 through 12 years old
While providing child-centred therapy to young people, we work with their grown-ups to discover strategies that they can implement at home to better support their young person.
Discovery Family Therapy works with NDIS participants who are on a plan-managed or self-managed NDIS plan.
Benefits of Play Therapy
Play therapy allows children to express, regulate, communicate, practice and master new skills and emotional responses.
Play Therapy and Counselling
Play therapy is evidence-based, a client-centred treatment used to treat people of all ages. Predominantly used with children aged 5-12, however, evidence has shown that play therapy is effective for individuals with mild dementia, chronic illnesses, and developmental delay in palliative care.
Play Therapy for Children:
Children are capable of experiencing big feelings. Their ability to verbalise their feelings and needs doesn't match their vocabulary capabilities. Play therapy is an outlet of expression through verbal and non-verbal communication, allowing children to understand their world.
During play therapy, toys are tools that your child uses in place of vocabulary. Our therapists are trained to identify deficits in social or emotional abilities and help your child learn how to adapt to new situations.
What does Play Therapy assist with?
Facing medical procedures, chronic illness, or palliative care
Family disruption or separation
Crisis and trauma
Abuse or neglect
Developmental delay or learning disabilities
Aggressive or angry behaviour
Problem behaviours in school
Grief and loss
Eating and toileting disorders
2e Twice Exceptional
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Can we have a family session?
Family sessions offer a space where multiple family members can engage in group therapy. Participants have a chance to understand each other's points of view, create goals and find ways of supporting each other.
3 Tiered Approach
Therapy is more effective when consistent support is provided in all areas of a young person's life. While providing child-centred treatment to young people, we work with their grown-ups to discover strategies they can implement at home to support their young person better. At Discovery Family Therapy, we collaborate with an Educational Coach and work with schools to advocate for young people, communicating their needs and the best supportive practices.