Counselling & Coaching

Creative Therapies allow children to communicate, express and explore themselves symbolically, with more than just words, in a fun, playful, imaginative and powerful way. Providing children aged 3-12 with an invaluable safe and welcoming space, they are accepted warmly with unconditional positive regard. 

 

You may decide to bring your child to see me for a number of reasons, including:

  • Changes in behaviour or concerning/challenging behaviour

  • Significant life changes, such as divorce or loss

  • Anxiety

  • Low self-esteem

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • ASD

  • Stress

  • Bullying/friendship issues

  • Learning disabilities

I use a stage-based model approach to children's counselling:

  • Non-directive Creative Therapies including Sandtray, Art and Play to join with the child and help them to express and process their feelings and experiences, telling their story

  • Creative Gestalt & Narrative Therapy approaches to help the child get in touch with, experience and release their emotions and examine their self-beliefs

  • Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Coaching & Mindfulness to identify and challenge thoughts and behaviours, explore options and experiment with new ways of being

An important part of my work is supporting parents in supporting their children. I give feedback and advice between sessions, may include parents in the sessions and I'm also available for parents' consultations.

As an AutPlay Therapy Provider, I also work with children and their families who are affected by ASD, ADHD, dysregulation issues, and other neurodevelopmental disorders to assist them in gaining needed skills and abilities. AutPlay Therapy combines Behaviour Therapy with Play Therapy for an enjoyable, humanistic approach to skill development.

More information on AutPlay can be found here.

 

This ad for Play Therapy in the US explains why creative approaches work so well for children:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please call me for a free 10 minute phone consultation on 0435 803902 or email info@liztaverner.com.au