Therapy For Children 2-12 Years
Clinical Services For Children 2-12 Years
Below you can view all our therapeutic services that will be delivered at our Croydon headquarters for children within the age group of 2-12 years.
The sessions are hosted by Sian Chambers-Vallance who has over 20 years of experience in therapy, including Clinical Child Centred Play Therapy, Arts Therapy, Filial Therapy & Trauma Informed Practice; and Tony Vallance, Australian Education Awards Teacher of The Year 2019.
Child Centred Play Therapy
Play Therapy is the most developmentally appropriate approach for assisting children aged 3-12 years. In play therapy toys act as the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2006). Play Therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them and allows children to make their internal world external.
Autplay® Therapy for Autism (3-12 years)
Autplay® is a combined play therapy and behavioral therapy based approach for working with children and parents affected by autism, dysregulation issues, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. AutPlay® is designed to identify and increase skills and functioning levels in children and adolescents with developmental delays.
Parent – Child Attachment Therapy (3-12 Years) – Based on Theraplay® Principles
Attachment Therapy (based on Theraplay®) is an evidenced-based intervention using play to re-create experiences of secure attachment between parent and child. This is a short-term, highly structured therapy where the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities, and nurturing interactions. The therapy focuses on improving the child’s behavioural and emotional challenges through strengthening the parent-child attachment relationship and the child’s sense of self. Other therapies usually work with the child alone or work with supporting the parents to manage their child’s behaviours, however, Theraplay® has shown that the parent-child relationship is the most powerful element required for change.
Trauma-Focused Integrative Play Therapy (5-17 years)
An intensive 12 session model combining Child Centred Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Affective Scaling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Sandplay, Psychoeducation and parental involvement, following a specific traumatic event. Using a structured format and time-limited ‘lessons’ this intensive model helps the child process the trauma, sensations, emotions, and narrative associated with their experience.
Child Centred – Creative Arts Therapy
Creative Arts Psychotherapy uses person centred, strengths based approaches, mindfulness strategies, art therapy techniques, body awareness, to help you reconnect with yourself, heal your past and start thriving again. Modalities include using sandtray therapy, movement, music, drumming, voice therapy and art therapy techniques to help you reconnect, process and recover. No previous artistic experience required – it is about your process, not the product.
You Rock! Therapy
Using top-of-the-line instruments and training, immerse yourself in the power of You Rock! Therapy. This is a therapeutic modality to help clients develop outlets for strong feelings in positive ways. This hands-on therapeutic modality aims to develop real instrumental skills around a framework of self-expression, emotional regulation, building resiliency, strengthening creativity, and practicing a growth mindset. Designed to help boost outcomes for people having challenges with anxiety, social skills, communication and confidence, emotional regulation, anger management, and highly energetic behaviours.
Drama therapy works in a strengths-based, child-centred way and includes sensorimotor play, creative and imaginary play, psychodrama, story making, and dramatic play techniques. Drama therapy helps to support client’s in developing confidence, communication skills, and self esteem. It also integrates trauma experiences, reframes patterns and behaviours, and helps the client learn and practice new skills for success in social skills development.
Art therapy uses a person-centred, strengths-based approach, mindfulness strategies, art therapy techniques, whole-brain integration, and body awareness to help you reconnect with yourself, heal your past, and start thriving again. Techniques include using sandtray therapy, drawing, painting, collage, bilateral drawing etc. to help the client reconnect, process, and recover. Art therapy supports positive growth in communication skills, self-esteem, and self-expression, and emotional regulation and trauma integration.
Speech therapists diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering, and using voice. The goals of speech therapy include improving pronunciation, strengthening the muscles used in speech, and learning to speak correctly. Our speech therapists work in a client-centred creative way with their clients using the power of play to practice positive communication, articulation, and speech skills.
Child Psychologists work with children who are dealing with mental or emotional difficulties such as aggression, trauma, attachment issues, anxiety, and/or grief. They also work with people who are going through challenges in life, like parenting or relationship problems. Our psychologists work in a person-centred creative way to support their clients using modalities such as art therapy, drama therapy, drumming and clowning, mindfulness, play therapy, and parent-child family attachment work.
Dance and Movement Therapy
This is individual therapy for children that incorporates free movement, storytelling dance play, exercise, music, rhythm, visualisation and relaxation. Different themes, open ended props and visualisation are utilised to help spark imagination, channel energy and express thoughts and feelings. Dance and movement therapy inspires fun and playfulness in a creative, safe and supportive environment.