Service offers play therapy for sick kids

Counsellor and psychotherapist Dhyan Stein. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d415261
Counsellor and psychotherapist Dhyan Stein. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d415261

Counsellor and psychotherapist Dhyan Stein has been given the opportunity to open the play therapy service, a personal goal of hers, after being awarded a Cancer Council WA scholarship worth $6000.

Dr Stein said play therapy could be effective in helping children aged two to 11 deal with emotions being dealt with during stressful times.

‘Child-centred play therapy is a non-directive psychotherapy that enables children to work through varied emotional, psychosocial, developmental and behavioural difficulties,’ she said.

‘Essentially, the therapist focuses on developing a relationship of trust with the child within a playroom setting and this room contains a range of carefully selected toys and materials that provide the child with opportunities to express their innermost thoughts and feelings through the language of play.’

For information about play therapy, visit www.playtherapyaustralia.com. For more information on Dr Stein’s service, email her at d.stein@iinet.net.au.