Play Therapy Session Structure

Initial Parent Consultation

  • Parents/carergivers are invited to share their concerns/worries about their child with the therapist during an initial parent consultation.
  • A full developmental history of the child will be completed to determine if Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Family Therapy or Parent Coaching is suitable.
  • Sometimes, a separate 30-minute family play observation may be indicated to determine treatment.
  • Information about confidentiality, fees and practical considerations about the play therapy process will also be discussed.

Play Therapy Session

  • The play therapy session is between the child and therapist and runs for 45 minutes. The parent/caregiver  sit in the waiting room during this time
  • For some younger children, a shorter 30 minutes session may be necessary depending on their age or special needs (i.e. separation anxiety).
  • Throughout the play therapy process, there will be regular contact with parents/carers by phone or email and in scheduled parent feedback sessions.

Parent Feedback

The parent feedback meetings are scheduled every 4- 5 weeks with email/phone support in between. During these meetings,  feedback is provided about their child’s therapy process, developmental challenges and gains made overtime and emotional/behavioural changes.

The interaction between children’s problems and their families is always complex. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signalling there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because the child’s problems are so disruptive. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together and this is why parent feedback sessions are so important.

The meetings will involve building a relationship with the parents/caregiver by communicating regularly to develop a plan for resolving concerns as they are identified and to monitor the progress of the treatment. We seek to help the parent/caregiver gain an understanding of their child’s experiences in therapy so that they can sensitively and reliably respond to their child’s needs for security, nurturance and safety.

Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates through the Better Access/Mental Health Care Plan may be available dependent on the therapist. Please contact us for more information on Medicare rebates and out of pocket costs for child centred play therapy.


Initial Parent Consultation
Play Therapy Sessions
Family Filial Therapy Sessions
Parent Coaching and Counselling Sessions

To obtain a mental health care plan that entitles you to medicare rebates for up to 10 sessions per calendar year, a GP or Paediatrician referral is required.  Please contact Helen for further information on medicare rebates and out-of pocket fees for her therapeutic services.

Mental health care plans can be obtained for your child to use for individual sessions. Plans can also apply for parents seeking parenting support/coaching and skill development.

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