SMALL STEPS THER­A­PEU­TIC PLAY AND COUN­SELLING

Albany Extra - - Trades & Services -

Of­fer­ing a new way of work­ing with emo­tional and men­tal health is­sues is Nicola Hockey of Small Steps Ther­a­peu­tic Plan and Coun­selling. Ther­a­peu­tic play or play ther­apy, is a pow­er­ful means of join­ing with the in­nate, cre­ative, non-ver­bal ca­pac­i­ties of chil­dren, ado­les­cents or adults in or­der to en­gage and work ther­a­peu­ti­cally with them. Nicola Hockey is a qual­i­fied teacher and coun­sel­lor who spe­cialises in ther­a­peu­tic play and sand play. Af­ter work­ing with chil­dren and their fam­i­lies for over 37 years in ed­u­ca­tion she felt that there was a need in the com­mu­nity for spe­cialised ther­a­pies that could help clients with is­sues that they may not be aware are caus­ing their dis­tress. “While many coun­sel­lors are avail­able in Al­bany, I work mainly with Sand­play and Play Ther­apy with chil­dren and adults. These cre­ative ther­a­pies can of­ten work where talk­ing ther­a­pies haven’t” she said. “My aim is to pro­vide an early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vice for chil­dren that helps them de­velop the skills they need to move for­ward through their is­sues and to feel bet­ter within them­selves. Although my work is mainly with chil­dren, adults can also ben­e­fit”. Ther­a­peu­tic Play can help clients who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with;

• Be­hav­iour

• So­cial and Peer is­sues • Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence • Be­reave­ment or Loss • Sep­a­ra­tion or Di­vorce • Un­der-per­form­ing in aca­demic, so­cial, cul­tural, phys­i­cal ar­eas • Anx­i­ety or De­pres­sion –

of the child or the par­ent • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion • Night­mares

• Self-es­teem

• Bul­ly­ing

Small Steps is pri­vate prac­tice pro­vid­ing a con­fi­den­tial, client driven ser­vice. Their phi­los­o­phy is child/per­son-cen­tred and largely non-di­rec­tive, de­pend­ing on the needs of the client.

Con­tact Nicola Hockey on 0446 423 101 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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