EMBRACING PLAY PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE
Children, Adolescent and Adult Psychological Counselling
At Embracing Play Child-Centered Play Therapy is just one intervention. In this role, the psychologist uses play therapy to relate to the child in ways that will release the child's inner-directional, constructive, forward-moving, creative, self-healing power.
Individual counselling for children, adolescents and adults is adapted to focus on the individual's needs related to their mental health and age. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is another focused intervention for anxiety, depression, stress and other concerns. Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) forms a strong part of therapy for clients.
WHAT IS CHILD CENTERED PLAY THERAPY?
At my practice Embracing Play, I work with children developmentally aged 2-12 and can help with many concerns including:
Divorce and Separation
Anxiety and depression
Low self-esteem and self-confidence
School and social difficulties
Grief and loss
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
WHAT DO CHILDREN LEARN IN CHILD CENTERED PLAY THERAPY?
Children learn to respect themselves.
Children learn that their feelings are acceptable.
Children learn to express their feelings responsibly.
Children learn to assume responsibility for themselves.
Children learn to be creative and resourceful in confronting problems.
Children learn self-control and self-direction.
Children gradually learn, at a feeling level, to accept themselves.
Children learn to make choices and be responsible for their choices.
GET TO KNOW ME
Natalie Arnel, Psychologist
I am a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Play Therapy Association (APTA).
I came to psychology and play therapy after more than 15 years working in school settings as a teacher and counsellor. I continue to work in schools and private practice.
I have a passion for supporting and working with families, particularly with Play Therapy. I also am interested in providing counselling to Adolescents and Adult Counselling as the therapeutic relationship and change that can occur is so important.
I have opened my small practice as I create some work-life balance as my daughter Georgia has Down Syndrome and the home practice allows me to work from home. I look forward to meeting you.
Embracing Play has been established to support through counselling many clients from 2 years to adults. My strength has been in developing strong relationships with each person and creating a safe space to heal.
If you would like more information, would like to book an appointment please call me and leave a message, email or fill in the form below. I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like me to contact you at a certain time out of hours please let me know.
Sandalan Court Bushland Beach QLD Australia 4818
Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving you the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
WHAT IS YOUR PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE LIKE?
Embracing Play as a small, home-based practice is designed to make children and families feel at ease. When you arrive please park on the street as we are at the end of a court. Enter by a side pathway and make yourself comfortable in the shaded back patio area. I have set up toys, books and magazines. Just like home. Counselling offered across the life span.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Our first session will be 1 hour and is an intake appointment.
Play therapy sessions are 45 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for parent support when required.
Psychological counselling sessions are 50 minutes.
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
If you contact me via phone or email I will contact you within 24 hours so we can discuss your needs and make an appointment. Embracing Play is a busy practice and therefore you may need to wait for an initial appointment.