Children's Counselling and Therapeutic Play

For more than 70 years, play therapy has been a well-established method of treatment in clinical practice. Therapeutic play is better suited to children because they are still developing the intellectual reasoning abilities and verbal skills needed to articulate their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours adequately. We are trained child counselling psychotherapists and therapeutic play has curative powers to help children resolve their current psychological difficulties now and in the future. We provide a safe, confidential, caring environment allowing children to play with as few limits as possible within safe boundaries. 

We invite the child to play creatively and spontaneously using their imagination and unconscious using a mixture of directive and non-directive play. Children will then gain strategies to cope with the difficulties they face in life, some of which they cannot change.  It provides a more positive view of their future life.

 

Therapeutic Play includes: 

Storytelling, creative activities, drama, puppets & Masks, music, and movement, Sandplay, painting & drawing, clay, plasticine & playdough games.  

Therapeutic play can treat or resolve a mild, one-off emotional or psychological problem that is preventing your child from having a happy, worry-free life.

It can also be used to assess mental health problems. The therapeutic relationship is vital and we will do all I can to become a trusted adult and therapy companion for your child.

Sessions last around 45 minutes and are usually best suited for children  6 – 10 yrs.  We will meet, preferably, with both parents and we will discuss your concerns and then we will initial have an initial one-to-one session with your child.  It is important that they are happy to come for play therapy and that they connect well with us. There will be a parent review at regular intervals.

Costs:

Initial Parent Meeting - £20 for half an hour

Each Session - £50 for 50 minutes

Parent Review Meeting - £20 for half an hour

The Wellbeing Academy also provides low-cost counselling thanks to our trainee children's counsellor partners.  These counsellors are qualified but training in therapeutic play, creative therapies and child psychotherapy skills.  There is no waiting list to start or time-limit to the therapy.  Please complete the attached appointment form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Prices are set to a sliding scale depending on your income.

Up to £25,000 - £20 per session

Up to £30,000 - £25 per session

Up to £35,000 - £35 per session

£36,000 and over - £40 per session

Our Children's Counsellors

RE photo_png.png

Rachel Eastop

Counselling Psychotherapist

LO photo_png.png

Liz Oliver

Counselling Psychotherapist

Our Children's Counsellor in Training

RH photo_png.png

Rasa Hickman

Counsellor