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 and innate aspects of play in children to work with them therapeutically. Using play techniques, the therapist engages with the child and observes their behaviour in various play scenarios. Using play techniques allows children to communicate their feelings and experiences from a way they understand. The therapeutic process is individualised and adjusted to the developmental stage of the child to foster self-growth.

Our Approach

At COPE Centre, we use a psychoanalytically-informed approach to play therapy, meaning our goal is to help children not only overcome any internal conflicts they come in with, but to help them develop resilience and adaptability and to be able to master their developmental milestones and reduce their vulnerability to psychological stress. Play therapy allows the child to gain insight into how they truly feel, think or act, which helps them gain self-acceptance and the ability to move forward in their lives.








How Play Therapy Works

Play therapists use a range of creative arts 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)
  • Role-playing (using puppets and masks)
  • Toys (including dolls, action figures, construction blocks and Lego, natural materials and sand play)
  • Arts and Crafts (using drawing, painting and playdough)


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 (Play Therapist)

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 process-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 of working with vulnerable individuals across all socio-cultural contexts, and uses the latest methods and techniques to guide a creative healing process that responds to clients’ individual needs.

(Photo) 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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