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Play Therapy for helping children who have been traumatised

Play Therapy for helping children who have been traumatised In her article “Working with Children who have alleged sexual abuse”, Helen Kambouridis, a psychologist who specialises in working with children, talks about how Play Therapy is an appropriate treatment for the child: click here to read the […]

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The power of Play Therapy

See here for an article about the power of Play Therapy in Social Work Today (2011).

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Play IS the therapy

In Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT), play IS the therapy. Play Therapy is not the application of play to facilitate communicating with the child, yet children receive empowering and therapeutic messages in their Play Therapy experience. They learn what it feels to be empowered because they are genuinely […]

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About Play Therapy at Perth Childrens Counselling

Perth Childrens Counselling’s approach to Play Therapy and counselling for children is well described in this video by Anne Murphy.  Anne describes how Play Therapy works and what it’s like to come to Play Therapy.  Take a look at our “For Parents” page and/or click here for […]

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“Filial Therapy: what every Play Therapist should know” by Rise van Fleet

Click here for an in-depth article about Filial Therapy by Rise Van Fleet, one of it’s foremost proponents.  Filial Therapy, as developed by Garry Landreth, is also known as Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. This article is recent and published in the Spring of 2011 by in “Play Therapy” […]

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Play Therapy: Counselling and Psychotherapy for young children

“Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)………..follows the principles of Client-Centered Therapy of creating a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive therapeutic atmosphere, but with clear boundaries that provide the child with psychological safety to permit the learning of emotional and behavioral self-regulation. Research has validated that this is a powerful method for […]

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Through Play Therapy, first grade children have a better ability to self-direct and learn

Blanco, P. J., & Ray, D. C. (2011).  Play therapy in elementary schools: A best practice for improving academic achievement.  Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 235-243. An experimental group of 21 academically at risk first graders received biweekly, 30- minute child-centered play therapy (CCPT) sessions for […]

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Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Some parents may be interested in Child Parent Relationshp Therapy (or Filial Therapy) .  One of the effects this is to promote attachment and connection between parent and child.  This route requires some work, but is very rewarding.  Contact Pek for an initial consultation to see if […]

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A Child Centred Play Therapist fully accepts the child

The Child Centred Play Therapist “goes to great lengths to emphasize the child as a person who needs to be fully understood and accepted in order to explore change.”  The child is a whole person, not a problem or set of problems that needs to be mended […]

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Interview with Louise Guerney, a Play Therapy pioneer (link)

Click here to read an interview, in 2010, with Louise Guerney, one of the Child Centred Play Therapy pioneers.  Louise also describes Filial Therapy, an off-shoot of Child Centred Play Therapy. Note that Perth Children’s Counselling also offers Filial Therapy where appropriate.

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Professional Memberships


Perth Children's Counselling is a registered member of PACFA,
the peak body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Registration Number: 22407