Play Therapy

What is Non-Directive Play Therapy?

The focus of play therapy is to offer a safe space where the child can process their feelings, thoughts, and life experiences.  A Non-Directive Play Therapist’s role does not make any diagnosis of any mental or physical health conditions.

The advantage of this approach is that children spontaneously choose play, communications, and activities.  A Non-Directive Play Therapist follows the child’s lead rather than directing sessions.  Questions seeking information are only asked exceptionally for clarification.

Play Therapy helps children process feelings
Play therapy offers a safe space for a child to process feelings, thoughts and experiences.

How can Play Therapy help my child?

Play Therapy can help in many different ways.

  • It provides your child with emotional support.
  • It can help them make sense of life experiences by playing them out at their own pace.
  • By allowing your child to make sense and understand their feelings it will in turn help them cope with the future.
  • It can help your child to deal with conflict/angry feelings in more appropriate ways.
  • Play therapy can help you to understand your child’s world.

The hope at the end of therapy might include some of the following, a change in the worrying behaviour, improved self-esteem and confidence and stronger relationships with family and friends. 

Some reasons for Non-Directive Play Therapy

  • Anxiety
  • Child Parent Relationship
  • Self Esteem
  • Autism, Add, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Bullying
  • Adoption
  • In foster care
  • Grief and loss
  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Co-Parenting
  • Post hospitalisation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma due to road traffic accident or disaster
  • Developmental issues
  • School refusal
  • Managing emotional/behavioural difficulties eg. depression or aggression arising from their experiences with family and friends.

How I work…

Questionnaire to be completed and returned 5 days before our Initial Assessment Meeting.

Initial Assessment Meeting – This meeting is either 90 minutes or two hours and I will let you know how long is needed – the referral reason and age of the child determines how long your Initial Assessment Meeting will be.

An Initial Assessment is attended only by parents. I listen without judgement, building a relationship of trust with you. Sometimes the initial assessment is all that is required to give you direction and your next steps, if not together we decide a plan.

Initial Assessment Fee: 90 mins / 1 ½ hours: €150
Initial Assessment Fee: 120 mins / 2 hours: €199

The next step is to arrange a home visit.

Home Visit:
A home visit lasts usually 20-30 mins and occasionally an hour.
Home Visit Fee: Usually up to 30 mins €75.00

Mileage is calculated via Eircode from the practice in Clonakilty to and from your home @ .56c/km.

Play Therapy Sessions are made up of a block of 6 sessions.

6 sessions include 5 play therapy sessions and the 6th session is an update meeting with parents/carers.

Play Therapy Session Fees

Initial Assessment needs to be carried out in advance of play therapy.

Option 1

One payment of €595

Option 2

Two payments of €300

Book a free 15 mins Clarity Call

This is an opportunity to explore together your needs and expectations, to decide if we are a good fit for each other.
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