Helping children heal through play
Centre for Play Therapy was established in February 2016 by founder and CEO Kylie Ellison. Kylie completed child centred play therapy training through Play Therapy Australia, and identified a need for local services specialising in child centred play therapy. Since that time, Centre for Play Therapy has grown, establishing offices on the Sunshine Coast, North Brisbane, Ipswich, Central Queensland and Bayside.
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication of children. Children use play to express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express it. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is their language. Play therapy provides the opportunity for children to develop insight and resolution about inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking, along with learning more adaptive behaviours when there are emotional or skill deficits.
How does it work?
Sessions take between 30- 50 minutes on a weekly basis, with regular parent/ carer consultations also conducted to work in collaboration with all family involved.
What are the benefits of play therapy?
Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioural and learning problems including:
- Death/ grief and loss
- Chronic illness
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Social issues/ relationship issues
The Centre for Play Therapy is an NDIS registered service provider for therapeutic supports and early childhood supports
$120 (plus GST) for all parent consultations and play therapy sessions
For more information or to make an appointment
M: 0421 441 754
Meet our Play Therapists
is a registered counsellor and founder of the Centre for Play Therapy. Kylie commenced her career working alongside mental health practitioners in adult mental health, before moving into the area of child protection.
completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) in 2012 then moved to Melbourne and worked for several years in the human resources and recruitment industries.