Group Therapy

Play Therapy Melbourne runs several groups in its clinics throughout the year and facilitates groups in many schools and organisations across Melbourne.

Kids Wellbeing Therapy
School readiness group
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

The aim of this program is to support children with their transition to primary school.


School entry involves a key transition for all children. This transition is not just to school, but from home, childcare, preschool and kindergarten. It is a transition not just from early care and learning environments, but often from small-scale to large-scale interactions, from highly personalised to less personalised relationships, and from environments with a limited range of ages to an institution with children of many ages. It is also a transition to a different learning, education and care paradigm. 


How well children are prepared for this transition is important as it impacts on their long term outcomes. In our clinic work every year we see an influx of children referred for therapeutic support who have simply not transitioned well into prep.


At the conclusion of this program, you will receive personalised report on your child and recommendations to support them moving forward into their formal education.

We are offering our school readiness programs in Moonee Ponds, Eltham and Geelong across January.

Eight-day programs, 2.5 hours a day. 
8 sessions in total

$1600

 

Dates: Group 1 – Monday 4th – Thursday 7th January, Monday 11th – Thursday 14th January.

Time: 9am – 11.30am

Dates: Group 2 – Monday 18th – Thursday 21st January,  Monday 25th – Thursday 28th January.

Time: 9am – 11.30am

 

 

Places are strictly limited.  Please complete our online expression of interest form and we will send you further information.

 

Costs: $1,600.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

Kids Art Therapy
Art and mindfulness groups 
6-9 years old
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

Play Therapy Melbourne is offering an art mindfulness docial group program for 6-9 year olds.

 

With 4 x 2-hour sessions over two weeks, the group provides an opportunity to visually express and record feelings, perceptions and imagination. It also supports children to develop and rehearse social skills and positive social interactions with peers, and to develop calming and relaxation strategies.

  • strengthen communication skills
  • boost critical thinking
  • explore self soothing techniques
  • encourages children to express their feelings
  • builds confidence and self esteem
  • cultivates collaboration

Moonee Ponds and Geelong

4 sessions in total
$560

Dates: 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th January (Wed & Thur)
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
 

OR

Dates: 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th January (Mon & Wed)  
Time: 9.00am – 11.00am

 

Eltham

4 sessions in total

$560

Dates: 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th January (Wed & Thur)
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm 

 

Costs: $560.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

Social Skills/Learning to Regulate Group 
4-5 years old
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

Self-regulation is the ability to manage emotions and behaviour in accordance with the demands of the situation.  It includes being able to resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting stimuli, to calm down when upset, to adjust to a change in expectations and to handle frustrations without an outburst.  It is a skill that enables children, as they mature, to direct their own behaviour towards a goal, despite the unpredictability of the world and our own feelings.  We support children to explore ways to regulate when experiencing challenges.  

 

We coach children through challenging situations and provide the scaffolding that will support them to begin to learn ways that they can self regulate, incorporating Lego into our sessions.  Handle strong reaction and find ways to express their emotions that are more effective (and less disruptive) than having a meltdown.  Tantrums in a 2-year-old are age-appropriate, when we see 4-5-year-olds having similar reactions then this may indicate they would benefit from some additional training around developing self-regulation strategies.

Moonee Ponds and Geelong

4 sessions in total
$560

Dates: 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th January (Mon & Tues)
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm 

OR

Dates: 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th January (Mon & Wed)  
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm 

 

 

Eltham

4 sessions in total

$560

Dates: 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th January (Mon & Tues)
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm 

Dates: 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th January (Mon & Wed)
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm 

 

Costs: $560.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance to secure place.

Moving together – parent/child dance sessions  
Up to 3 years old
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

Share in the delight of movement, dance and creative play with your child. Explore moving together and connecting through non-verbal expression with rhythm and musicality to support:

 

  • Relationship and social skills
  • Connection and communication
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Expression of feelings through movement and drawing
  • Calming techniques and relaxation for both parent and child

Moonee Ponds

4 sessions in total
$420

Dates: 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th January (Fri)
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 

 

Costs: $420.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance to secure place.

Mindful movement & meditation – ASD
6-9 years old
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

Mindful movement & meditation incorporates therapeutic movement, creative dance and non-verbal expression in a musical, fun and supportive environment. Moving within a group supports initiating and maintaining relationship to one another, nurtures a child’s emerging sense of self and strengthens:

 

  • Social and relational skills
  • Self-regulation and body control
  • Adaptation to change
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Mobility, coordination and neuromuscular skills
  • Visual perception and spatial coordination
  • Expression of feelings through movement and drawing
  • Self-soothing and calming techniques

Moonee Ponds

4 sessions in total
$420

Dates: 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th January (Mon & Tues)
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm 

 

Costs: $420.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance require.

Mindful movement & meditation
10-14 years old
Now taking bookings 
January 2021

Mindful movement & meditation incorporates therapeutic movement, creative dance and non-verbal expression in a fun, musical and supportive environment. Moving within a group supports initiating and maintaining relationship to one another, nurtures a child’s emerging sense of self and strengthens:

 

  • Social skills and confidence
  • Emotional and cognitive wellbeing
  • Self-regulation and adaptation to change
  • Fun and positivity
  • ·Body control and decision-making skills
  • Physical mobility and coordination
  • Expression of feelings through movement and drawing
  • Calming and relaxation techniques

Moonee Ponds

4 sessions in total
$420

Dates: 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th January (Wed & Thur)
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm 

 

Costs: $420.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance to secure place.

Play Therapy Melbourne are an NDIS approved provider.

We run group programs across the year in our clinics and in outreach.

Please email us to be added to the waitlist – or let your school know if you are interested in having outreach at your child’s school.