4.

Children's Counselling
from 8 years of age
Children's Play Therapy Vs Children's Counselling

Similar to Children's Play Therapy, Children's Counselling is also experiential, interactive, innovative, and engaging.

Children's Counselling incorporates additional principles from key theories and therapeutic models to provide older children with a more developmentally appropriate and effective counselling experience.

Where Children's Play Therapy is all-play and non-directive (child-centred), Children's Counselling takes a multi-dimensional approach. Whilst there will be elements of art, craft, bioenergetics, and play there is greater emphasis on talking where anyone of the following approaches are intergrated into the fun-based activity at hand :-

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), DBT (Dialetical Behavioural Therapy), Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused or Narrative Therapies interventions. 

 

With children I work around areas of developmental change, puberty, growing up, developing a secure sense of identity and working with family and other significant relationships. I often focus on building resilience and self-esteem as a way of tackling not only issues young people are currently facing, but also enabling them to manage tough times in the future.


Sandplay Therapy and Expressive Therapies are helpful for children with delayed language or feeling shy or nervous about talking. and younger adolescents with lots of energy or dysregulated states will be sincerely acknowledged and validated for their activated nervous systems and what their behaviours are trying to communicate. Their needs will be accommodated. They will be encouraged to move, and soothing, regulating alternative movements will be suggested. 

Depending on the needs of the young person and the goal for counselling, across the span of the therapeutic care sessions will typically include:-

  • pscyho education

  • bibliotherapy

  • work sheets

  • journaling

  • role plays

  • Mindfulness

  • Guided meditation 

  • Breathing exercises

  • Progressive muscle exercises

Given their developmental maturity, they can participate and benefit from:-

  • Expressive Therapies

  • Sandplay Therapy

  • Sensorimotor Guided Drawing

some bibliography resources
creative, colourful worksheets
worry monsters activities
Body Scans
chalk - great for rubbing and smearing out emotions
Kids love making volcanos
bubble blowing/ self regulating excercises
developing problem solve and self reflection skills
activities to engage right and left modes
A picture tells a thousand words
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sometimes we forget kids are kids not mini adults
mindfulness, breathing techniques, progr
resources
Reconstruction of activities

Appointments

Mon - Thurs: 5:45 pm

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ABN 93628637457

Practice Principal 

Diana Rebuffo bhs msw

Children's Counsellor

Adult and Adolescent Counsellor

Address

Ballara Drive

West Wodonga Vic 3690

(full address available upon enquiry)

        Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy

               

                www.riseandshinecounselling.com.au

       

       riseandshinecounselling1@gmail.com                                                             0422 470 402

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