Buderim QLD Australia
Call me on my mobile: 0423 953 221
e: respectworks@aapt.net.au
PO Box 6103, Mooloolah Valley, 4553 Australia

I suffered from post natal depression after the birth of Jack so that our attachment did not develop well.

His first 2 years were hell for him and me. Now Alana has helped us bond and have fun together through the play sessions. Also she has helped me learn how to set limits for Jack so that he learns boundaries and feels much safer.

Parent of Jack 3 years

My child was so jealous of her baby sister I was afraid to take my eyes off her for fear that she would be aggressive to the baby.

Miranda loved the play sessions and was able to work out her angry feelings so that she became a much happier, easier child. The parenting sessions taught me how to reflect Miranda’s feelings and do special playtimes at home. Our relationship is so bonded now.

Parent of Miranda 3 years

Luke has suffered from our separation and divorce.

He really has been the meat in the sandwich. I’m so glad he went to Play Therapy where Alana accepts him totally and allows him to play out his feelings and find his own way forward.

Parent of Luke 11 years

Play Therapy

 Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems including children whose problems are related to life stressors such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalisation, chronic illness, stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters (Reddy, Files-Hall & Schaefer, 2005).

My name is Alana Vaney and I am a fully qualified Play Therapist.  Play therapy sessions are already helping many children (and their parents) on the Sunshine Coast. 

 Play therapy helps children to:

I work with children aged between three and eleven years of age, and occasionally adolescents who are suffering from a range of psychological difficulties and complex life experiences.trucks.jpg

Psychological difficulties include depression, anxiety, aggression, learning difficulties and ADHD.  Difficult life experiences include abuse, grief, family breakdown, domestic violence and trauma.

I conduct individual sessions on the Sunshine Coast working with children who have one or more of these problems.

A professionally trained play therapist helps a child to increase insight, to decrease internal conflict and to increase resiliency, coping and emotional literacy. Play therapists work closely with the child's parents/carers throughout the play therapy intervention and occasionally undertake parent-child relationship interventions.

Child Centered Play Therapy can be a beautiful and effective way to help children and works for children much as counselling or psychotherapy does for adults. Child Centered Play Therapy helps children work through emotional, psychosocial and behavioural difficulties and helps address family problems.
In Child Centered Play Therapy, a relationship develops between the child and the therapist. The therapist enters the child’s world, following the child’s lead, developing a safe place and a relationship of trust.  
Play Therapy sessions are usually held in a playroom that has a range of carefully selected toys and materials.  In special circumstances, Play Therapy sessions can also be offered in other settings such as home and in hospital. In the playroom, the child can express feelings, thoughts, experiences and behaviours through play. Toys are used like words and become the child’s natural language.  
In Child Centered Play Therapy the child selects the toys and activities to play with.  The Play Therapist may join in the play on the child’s direction or invitation.
Limits are set as and when needed. This is done in a way that helps children make choices and develop self-responsibility.
Play Therapy is designed to help children grow up as happy and well-adjusted as possible.

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression.  It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his or her difficulties.”  From: Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Axline