Is your world shifting?

“Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts”                            Byron Katie Have you ever considered how much the subconscious mind ‘drives’ the conscious mind? Whenever we are trying to eat well, we seem to get invited to parties. Whenever we are trying to …

The gift of guided self awareness through play

I hear and see a lot of things from my clients. As they tell it, of course it is entirely from their perspective. This seems to come easily to clients who are confident expressing themselves, but more difficult for those less articulate. Choosing games and materials can get the conversations started, and big worries have …

The Hundred Languages of Children

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.  A hundred. This is the first stanza of a poem written by the founder of the Reggio-Emilia Approach, Loris Malaguzzi. The basis of children’s learning is of …

Nature Mandala Workshop

Wednesday’s workshop was a hive of activity! The children were invited to choose from a selection of materials including shells, rocks, sticks, leaves, gum nuts, leaves and feathers which were presented in tins and other repurposed containers. Next the children chose where they would like to work using a coloured card place mat as a …

Autumn in Melbourne..

It is the start of Autumn here in beautiful Melbourne. We are still enjoying some glorious sunshine but the mornings and nights are cooling down with crisp sunsets and dawns. I am currently collecting materials for my Kid’s Nature Mandala workshop this Wednesday at The Garden. It is surprising what I have found around my …

Kids Nature Mandalas Workshop

I am hosting a children’s workshop during the Easter school holidays at The Garden in Frankston. I was in part inspired by my button tin that I offer in the play room. One of my clients recently sat quietly and made patterns using ribbons, lace and buttons from the tin, and she even took my …

What is Play Therapy?

We all know of that little pearl of wisdom that is shared when you have a problem; sleep on it and you’ll have your answer when wake up. That is a great analogy for defining what occurs for a client during a play therapy session. Throughout our lives, we are constantly experiencing different situations and …