What is Play Therapy

Play therapy provides the child with a safe space where they can explore their thoughts, feelings and life experiences. It combines the creative, non-verbal and innate aspects of play in children to work with them therapeutically. Using non-directive play techniques, the therapist engages with the child. Additionally, the therapist observes the child’s behaviour in various play scenarios. Play Therapy allows children to communicate their feelings and experiences in a way they understand. The therapeutic process is individualised and person-centred. That means it’s adjusted to the developmental stage of the child to foster self-growth.

Our Approach

At COPE Centre, we use a psychoanalytical, insight-oriented approach to play therapy. Our goal is to help children not only overcome any internal conflicts they come in with but to help them develop resilience and adaptability. We further support them in mastering their developmental milestones and reducing their vulnerability to psychological stress.

Play therapy allows the child to gain insight into how they truly feel, think or act. This helps them gain self-acceptance and the ability to move forward in their lives. The therapist works multimodal and non-directive and adjusts play therapy concepts for individual clients to foster the child’s self-growth. Observations and assessments made by the therapist determine the therapy process.

 

 

 

 

A safe place for your child to heal

 

Play Therapy Quick Info

  • Play therapy is for children aged 3 to 12
  • Children will use different materials and media to foster creativity and play and improves fine and gross motor skills and verbal articulation.
  • The therapist engages with the child through playful ways and observes the behaviour and action/reaction of the child in various situations that evolve through play.

Health Issues Treated by Play Therapy

 

Play therapy may be helpful in circumstances such as, but not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental delay or learning disabilities
  • Problem behaviours in school
  • Aggressive or angry behaviour
  • Family issues, like divorce, separation, or death of a close family member
  • Natural disasters or traumatic events
  • Domestic violence, abuse, or neglect
  • Anxiety, depression, grief
  • Eating and toileting disorders
  • Facing medical procedures, chronic illness, or palliative care

 

 

 

 

 

How Play Therapy Works

 

Play therapists use a range of creative art materials and toys that are carefully selected to match the developmental stage of the child and to allow them to express and explore their experiences creatively. 

Play techniques include:

  • Storytelling (using creative visualisation, dance and creative movement, musical play)
  • Role-playing (using puppets and masks)
  • Toys (including dolls, action figures, construction blocks and Lego, natural materials 
  • Arts and Crafts (using drawing, painting and playdough)
  • Sand play

Some Benefits of Play Therapy

  • Provides a safe environment for the child
  • self-respect, empathy and respect for others, 
  • take responsibility for behaviours, 
  • develop coping strategies/creative problem-solving skills, 
  • express and experience feelings, 
  • learn social skills, 
  • strengthen family relationships, 
  • lessen anxiety
  • multicultural, multilingual values

 

 

 

 

 

Appointments


Elisabeth is available for
individual play therapy sessions for children between the ages of 6 to 12. Play therapy modalities are individualised to suit the age group and presenting issues. COPE Centre is located on Hay St, West Perth.

Elisabeth is bilingual and can offer sessions in both English and German.

About Us

Elisabeth Eitelberger is our play therapist here at COPE Centre. Elisabeth’s therapeutic approach is guided by humanistic, existential and psychodynamic theories around the use of insight-orientated creativity in different clinical settings. In her work with clients, she focuses on embodied ways of exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, complex trauma, chronic pain, cultural and gender identity.

Elisabeth has longstanding experience in working with vulnerable individuals across all multicultural and socio-cultural contexts and uses the latest methods and techniques to guide a creative healing process that responds to clients’ individual needs.

Elisabeth is available for individual play therapy sessions for children between the ages of 6 to 12. Play therapy modalities are individualised to suit the age group and presenting issues.  Elisabeth is bilingual and can offer sessions in both English and German. This supports COPE’s multicultural counselling services.

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Elisabeth Eitelberger MCAT, MPhil, GradDipCAT, AThR

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Contact us on 0477448350 or email admin@copecentre.org to find out more about our Play Therapy, or to book an appointment.

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