SMALL STEPS THERAPEUTIC PLAY AND COUNSELLING
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;
• 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
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.