FAQs

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Are you on a search for a child therapist and wondering if play therapy for children is the right move? Still weighing up whether we can help you and your family?

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And if your questions still haven’t been answered, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Chances are we’ve been asked before, so here are some frequently asked questions and their answers to get the ball rolling.

Frequently Asked Questions

There’s no definitive answer here. All children are different. The length of the play therapy process varies in every case, but most children will complete a minimum of 12 sessions and an average of 20. Some children may improve much faster while more serious or ongoing problems may take longer time with the child therapist to resolve.

All our child therapists have undergone extensive training in child mental health with a specialised trauma and attachment focus. Attachment issues are one of the most common traumas we work with. Attachment is addressed with great care throughout the therapy process. The therapeutic bond between child and therapist is the MOST essential part of therapy as it allows the child to feel safe and to be open enough to respond to therapeutic interventions. Without this bond, almost any therapeutic technique will be ineffective.

Our standard child therapist fees range between $140 – 150. Possible funding options can be discussed at the initial parent consultation. At this stage, private health rebates are not offered. Currently only two of our child therapists are in a position to participate in the government mental health plan scheme so Medicare rebates don’t apply and a GP referral is not required.

Yes, We do. We work with children from ages two through to twelve. The play therapy differs slightly with older children by increasing more arts and crafts materials whilst still using a person-centered approach, but the concept and play therapy principles are the same and as effective.

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You sure can. And we encourage this! However, the benefits of play therapy with a trained child therapist is in our education and experience in deciphering and responding to the child’s unique communication. The evidence-based practice of play therapy for children is necessary for healing and development and to obtain mastery.

No, not directly after the session. This time is for your child. But we are more than happy to give you feedback and will schedule an update every 4-5 sessions to discuss your child’s progress and any queries you may have. We book this time in as a separate appointment.

We offer many services within the practice of play therapy. Art therapy, Animal Assisted therapy, Theraplay, Filial therapy are all services offered by our specialist child therapists.

Many therapists may call themselves ‘Play Therapists’ with little formal training. To be a qualified Play Therapist, it takes years of specialised clinical experience and supervision. The child therapists at Play Therapy Hub all hold mental health qualifications at a masters or degree level in addition to their specialised clinical training in play therapy.

Unless there has been a major issue, no. Just like any therapy, the sessions are kept between the patient and child therapist. Of course, if something we regard as important or serious has happened in a session, we will organise an appointment with the parent/guardian to discuss.

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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 happy customers had to say about their kids and our therapy services:

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)

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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