Flower Plants

Circle of Security Parenting Programme

Using play, children are often able to act out, explore and resolve the experiences that are causing them pain. Through role playing, painting, story-telling, playdough-modelling or doll play, children find outlets for their anger, sadness or fear. By projecting their emotional conflicts, children are able to confront their fears indirectly, at a safe distance. The therapist’s actively empathic presence allows the child to feel deeply respected and validated. In this process, the child is empowered to express their emotions, increase their self-awareness, and explore more adaptive ways of thinking and behaving. The gains made in play therapy are maximised when a collaborative approach with teachers and parents is employed.

​Play therapy aims to develop a relationship between the child and the therapist.

This relationship is crucial to the play therapy process. The therapist enters the child’s world; follows the child’s lead and aims to create a safe space and build a relationship of trust. The role of the therapist is to assist the child through this process.

Before I begin sessions with a child I do require an initial session with the parents or guardians in order to get input on their perception of the problem and to understand the child’s history. The parents or guardians are involved in feedback sessions so that they can be part of the answer in helping a child with emotional or behavioural difficulties. There may be occasions where it is necessary to communicate with a child’s school or teacher. Where assessment for remedial issues is required (or the possibility of any other pathology) I will refer to the appropriate registered professional.​​

I offer play therapy for children who are experiencing:

  • Low self-esteem, or confidence

  • Excessive fears, worries, or separation anxiety

  • Social difficulties/withdrawal

  • Poor anger management

  • Bereavement

  • Trauma/Grief/Loss

  • Bullying

  • Excessive sibling rivalry

  • Challenges at school

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Parental conflict (Divorce/Separation)

  • Personal/Family illness

  • Impulse control & ADD/ADHD

  • Anger management

  • Attachment issues

Play Therapy benefits

  • Uses a non-threatening approach to allow children to work through issues

  • Helps a child to identify, communicate and manage their emotions

  • Gives children the skills to express strong feelings (e.g. anger & anxiety) in more healthy and positive ways

  • Promotes self-esteem, self-control, self-respect and self-acceptance

  • Helps improve relational skills by promoting trust and encouraging communication

  • Reduces stress & anxiety levels

  • Promotes problem solving & helps child develop a sense of mastery

  • Helps a child to assume greater self-responsibility & promotes self-reliance/independence

  • Helps a child to gain a clearer sense of self, to feel better about him/her self and to feel stronger inside

  • Helps child to feel happier and more peaceful in life

  • To give parents a sense of hope in their role as a parent and to give them guidance and tools they can implement at home to assist their child.

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I am often in sessions during work hours, so if you can't reach me by cell, please pop me a Whatsapp or an email and I should get back to you within the next working day. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Opening Hours

Address

+27 83 583 4036

info@therapywithmeg.co.za

Tuesday - Thursday

10h00 - 17h30

Friday

10h00 - 15h30

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

Closed

Foundations for Life

2 Hemyock Road, Plumstead