Play Therapy

We’re here to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Our Play Therapist provides psychological support to children who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. We work with children aged from 0 to 12 years and their caregivers.

Play Therapy

Children and families are referred to our play therapy service to:

  • Build a child’s self-esteem and develop competence and mastery
  • Reduce a child’s stress/distress
  • Increase a child’s ability to regulate their emotions
  • Encourage open communication and build trust
  • Increase problem solving abilities and foster learning
  • Strengthen important relationships e.g. parents/caregivers/teachers
  • Improve social skills
  • Provide parenting support and education to parents/caregivers


Service Offered

  • Drysdale Centre
  • Early Learning Centres/School observational visits
  • Groups (contact BCH to find out more)

Referral for Play Therapy could be considered if your child is experiencing, or has experienced social, emotional and/or behavioural issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/fearfulness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Aggression
  • Low self esteem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Family breakdown
    • Trauma
    • Domestic violence
    • Bullying
    • Grief and loss
    • Academic problems including reading difficulties
    • School refusal
    • Gender dysphoria
    • Emotional dysregulation

    We provide the following services:

    • Play assessments
    • Individual, group and family therapy programs
    • Home practice ideas, education and support for parents/carers
    • Referral to another service when needed
    • Information on community programs
    • Secondary consultation (to kinder teachers, doctors, maternal and child health nurses)

    Our therapy approaches

    Learn to Play Therapy

    Suitable for children from 18 months to 10 years of age. Learn to Play Therapy aims to increase a child’s ability to spontaneously engage in pretend play. This can help increase social skills, increase emotional understanding and regulation, increase a child’s language and problem-solving skills and lead to greater joy in play.

    Child-Centred Play Therapy

    Suitable for children from 3 to 12 years of age. Child-Centred Play Therapy is a non-directive approach, where the child leads the play and is able to explore a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, in the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship with the therapist.

    Integrative Play Therapy

    Suitable for children from 3-12 years old. Integrative Play Therapy uses a mix of directive and non-directive interventions to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship and to work through social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

    Filial Therapy

    Filial Therapy is a family-based play therapy whereby the therapist teaches the play therapy skills to the parents/caregivers and then supervises them in the use of these skills with their child. This can lead to stronger family relationships, consistency in parenting approaches and allow the child space to explore and communicate through their play.