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Play Therapy

What is Play therapy?

Play therapy is based in the premise that play is the natural and intrinsic way a child explores and expresses their inner world. Play therapy offers an opportunity for children to explore interpersonal relationships and their various needs within this, to play out and explore feelings and problems, to explore self-expression and problem solving within a conceptual-expressive and child centred environment. 

Who is it for? 

For children who have experienced trauma or had their world ‘shaken’ and are in need to build resilience, a feeling of control, a more positive and accepting self-concept and a greater sense of self trust. 

Presenting symptoms: 

  • Relationship/attachment disruption 

  • Anxiety 

  • Children trying to adjust to lifestyle 

  • Illness/diagnosis 

  • Self concept / self esteem difficulties 

  • Nonverbal 

  • Behaviour concerns 

  • Trouble making friends 

  • Difficulty at school

*Please note the first appointment is Parents/ Carers only, please allow up to 1.5 hours*

*Every subsequent appointment is for children only , with parents waiting outside. These appointments range between 45 minutes to an hour*

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Play Therapy is NDIS approved!

So who is Jojo Christer?

Jojo is a Play Therapist  and Dramatherapist (Creative Arts Therapist / Expressive Therapist) having completed her Masters in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in London and her Play Therapy training through Play Therapy Australia. 

Jojo started her journey of expressive therapy intrigue in South Africa where she studied Psychology and Educational drama and worked within a creative expressive format with young offenders in juvenile detention, young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties and children from situations of severe poverty resulting in complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.  She went on to do her masters in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in London and worked with children on the autistic spectrum, learning difficulties and within school setting with children dealing with issues around bullying.  

 

After moving back to South Africa she created a course teaching baby sign language through music where her pull for fostering connection between child and carer grew stronger. She is passionate about developing positive attachment and connection between child and carer and with helping children navigate their world in a child centred way.  

 

She is a huge advocate for Play Therapy and the Arts therapies and feels it a non threatening, indirect, explorative space where children use their own language to bring about positive change. Helping any child find their strengths, build their resilience and express themselves whether they have experienced trauma, had their world shaken in some way or are just finding it hard to find their grounding is her  focus and passion. 

Jojo is a professional member of ANZACATA