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 and adolescents 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.
WHAT IS CHILD CENTERED PLAY THERAPY?
At my practice Embracing Play, I work with children developmentally aged 2-10 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 CLINIC HOURS
Tuesday and Wednesday (6:00-8: 00 pm, Adult Counselling and Family Intake)
Friday (9:00-5:00pm) for school age and adolescent clients.
Saturday (9:00-1: 00 pm), or later by arrangement for adults.
Please Note: Saturday and Sunday bookings are available for adults as this provides out of work hours sessions. Friday is reserved for children as I believe children's emotional wellbeing is just as important as academic needs.
FEES AND REFERRALS
Individual Counselling using Child-Centered Play Therapy or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy appropriate to the child or adolescent.
Support for clients with a disability is offered to self-managed NDIS clients or those with a plan manager.
Psychological assessments are offered for concerns with learning and behaviour.
Adult Counselling (Women)
Please visit your GP to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan and referral to Natalie Arnel, Embracing Play to obtain a Medicare Rebate.
Private Health Cover according to the plan may cover psychological services.
With GP Medicare Health Care Plan - Each session is $180 with a Medicare rebate following online claiming when Medicare has client’s banking details.
Your Medicare rebate will be processed when you settle your account on the day of your appointment.
Cancellations Fees will apply with full payment for less than 24 hours notice. Cancellation fee for 48 hours notice is $150.
Private health cover does cover some psychological services dependent on your level of cover.
Bulk Billing services may be available with a small gap fee for a small number of clients. Please discuss this with me.
Higher cost due to increased hours and writing of a report. There are no Medicare rebates for assessments.
Sunday Appointments may be made following discussion with Natalie at an additional $20 fee.
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.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Our first session will be at least 1 hour. If we are thinking of Play Therapy then if possible please come without your child so we can talk openly. If babysitting is a concern then your child/children may play while we talk.
Play therapy sessions are 45 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for parent support when required.
Adult counselling sessions 50-60 minutes.
Assessments are booked at 2 hours approximately.
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.