Children


Early childhood is a significant formative and foundational phase of development. This stage of a child's life shapes and influences much of his/her growth from infancy to pre-school age, through to the junior primary to intermediate and senior primary years and even beyond. It may be important to seek psychological assessment and intervention if parents, teachers or other professionals are alerted to developmental, emotional or behavioural difficulties in their children or the children they work with, in order to ensure that a child is enabled as much as possible to fulfill his/her potential.

At each juncture, starting pre-school; transitioning to grade 1 through to grade 3 and then on to grades 4-7 may present with various challenges for children. The earlier assessment and intervention is sought if any problems are apparent, the more opportunity a child has to overcome any possible difficulties with the mediation of teachers, parents and professionals.

I work with children from 3 years and older, providing the following services:

Assessment 
School readiness
Intelligence and learning
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
Learning difficulties
Developmental delays or disorders
Childhood social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Therapy 
Adjustment difficulties (parental separation or divorce, loss, change of school etc.)
Trauma
Bereavement
Play therapy
Childhood social, emotional and behavioral difficulties


"There is in every child at every stage
a new miracle of vigorous unfolding."
ERIK ERIKSON



Play Therapy
Play is a natural medium through which children engage with and explore their environment. It is a crucial part of every child's development. Play therapy is a non-directive but structured forum through which children can indirectly access and express their thoughts, feelings, desires and needs. It involves the use of play as a tool for the therapist to gain insight into a child's world and the child's experience of the external world. Play therapy is a spontaneous and fun way for children to work through their emotional and behavioural difficulties with which they may not yet have the skills to cope. Through play therapy, children make sense of difficult feelings and experiences and are enabled to resolve difficult issues and gain a sense of mastery over them.  Play therapy involves art, narrative, puppet play, free imaginary play and sand play among other forms of play.

"Play is a child's work and this is not a trivial pursuit."
ALFRED ADLER