Hub Services

Hub Services

A rainbow of Play Therapy for kids.

We’re a hub dedicated to child-centred play therapy. However, the services offered among our team do extend to, and incorporate other forms of therapy for kids and families.

Our team are trained and experienced in the following modalities of therapy for kids:

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a non directive and child-lead counselling approach designed especially for children aged 2-10 years. Through the use of wholesome toys and a therapeutic relationship with the child therapist, children can use the natural language of play to express their troubled thoughts and feelings. The child is then able to work through their difficulties and tough experiences and learn to grow the capacity to build healthy coping skills appropriate to their age and stage of development. 

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Theraplay®

Theraplay® is a type of family therapy for both the child and the parent/carer.   It is an evidenced-based effective attachment intervention most suitable for families with children who have experienced complex and severe trauma and are parenting severely dysregulated children who have had multiple carers within the foster care/adoption system. It is also ideal for children with a developmental or cognitive disability.

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Theraplay®

Theraplay® is a type of family therapy for both the child and the parent/carer.   It is an evidenced-based effective attachment intervention most suitable for families with children who have experienced complex and severe trauma and are parenting severely dysregulated children who have had multiple carers within the foster care/adoption system. It is also ideal for children with a developmental or cognitive disability.

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Learn to Play

Learn to Play is a program that supports children who are eight years and under with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, or those who find playing difficult and need help to self initiate and engage in spontaneous play with friends. Our play therapist works with the child to break repetitive play and access imaginative freedom, while maintaining a sense of safety.

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Child Parent Relationship Therapy (Filial Therapy)

Filial Therapy is a practical parenting approach where the parent/carer is supported by the therapist to facilitate play therapy sessions at home with their child. Parents are helped to become motivated and skilled to respond to the language of play, in order to better understand the child’s feelings and emotional needs, and strengthen the parent/child relationship at the same time.

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Child Parent Relationship Therapy (Filial Therapy)

Filial Therapy is a practical parenting approach where the parent/carer is supported by the therapist to facilitate play therapy sessions at home with their child. Parents are helped to become motivated and skilled to respond to the language of play, in order to better understand the child’s feelings and emotional needs, and strengthen the parent/child relationship at the same time.

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Parenting Corner

We offer parent education, parent coaching, parent child therapy or parenting programs to help grow capacity and understanding of how to foster healthy child development. You’ll learn to attune to the child’s feelings and communicate responsively to deescalate tantrums, reduce anxiety and build emotional resilience. Our programs use a positive parenting approach, showing parents how to effectively use empathy and connection to strengthen and deepen relationships with their children and develop effective discipline strategies to manage negative behaviour while avoiding power struggles. 

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Do you want to know a bit more?

Get in touch with us to book an initial consultation or request more information.

Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.

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Testimonials

Here’s what our clients had to say about their children and our Play Therapy Melbourne:

Children’s therapy centre

We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.

Danielle (Mother)
Filial Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.

Karen & Rob (Parents)
Play Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.

Emma (Parent)
Theraplay

My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now 🙂

Mark & Linda (Parents)
Child Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.

Ivan Araujo (Dandenong West Primary Youth Worker)

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