Play Therapy SA works with children developmentally aged 2-12 and can help with many concerns including:

  • Divorce & separation

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Low self-esteem & self-confidence

  • School & social difficulties

  • Selective mutism 

  • Sleeping difficulties  

  • Trauma 

  • Sexual/physical abuse

  • Gender variance 

  • Grief and loss 

  • Adoption & fostering

  • Angry & aggressive behaviours 

  • Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder

  • Oppositional defiant disorder  

  • Bullying 

  • Attachment issues  

  • Chronic illness

  • Autism

At Play Therapy South Australia, we want all children to live the happiest, fullest lives they can! We can help this happen through Play Therapy!

A child's natural mode of learning and expression is play. While adults may use counselling to help them through difficulties, children can struggle with such methods as their cognitive abilities and verbal skills are still developing. Play Therapy recognises the healing potential in play and so is especially helpful for children. Rather than focusing on talking, Play Therapy supports children's healing through creative and experiential means.

We use the Play Therapy model called 'Child-Centered Play Therapy' or CCPT. This means that during our sessions the child is in the complete lead, they choose what to do, how to do it and when to do it. 

CCPT recognises the relationship between therapist and child as the primary healing factor for children, ages 2 to 12 years, facing many types of challenges. Play therapists use a playroom with carefully selected toys to match the developmentally appropriate communication style of children, which is play. Thereby supporting the message that the play therapist seeks to understand the whole child in the context of his or her world.


By understanding and accepting the child’s world, the play therapist offers the child an environment that unleashes the child’s potential to move toward self-enhancing ways of being.  

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