Our services

 

Welcome to the wonderful
world of therapy!

Therapy is an investment that enriches and enhances quality of life that has been altered by different variables for example trauma (e.g. medical procedures, violence and abuse), loss, change or any other psychosocial difficulty.

We offer the following services to groups and individuals of all ages:

 

Group Therapy

 

Individual Therapy

 

Trauma Therapy

 

Assessments

 

Training & Workshops

Group Therapy

Group therapy involves a therapist addressing a specific problem within the group context. Research indicates that group therapy is very effective for both young children and teenagers. There are many reasons why this is the case. Children in middle school and early high school have attained a good cognitive grasp of what emotions are, and can distinguish subtle differences in feelings. However, they are also acquiring the ability to think abstractly and think about their own thought processes and this often leads to conflicting feelings. As a result feelings can be quite overwhelming for adolescents.

Through group therapy, adolescents can communicate in a way that normalizes these feelings and experiences. They are able to learn about themselves, the impact their behavior has on others, and are able to receive feedback from peers. At this age it is developmentally appropriate for adolescents to prefer feedback from peers rather than adults, which is another reason adolescents are often times more open to this treatment modality. Group therapy is also effective for young children. Children this age have a limited understanding of emotions and can often be very labile and reactive. Guided interactions with peers can increase emotional intelligence and develop social skills that are critical developmental goals for this age group.

Groups Presented:
  • Lego®-Based Therapy groups for social skill development
  • Anxiety Groups
  • Children of Divorce

Individual Therapy

Play is described as the child’s natural way to express him or herself. It can therefore be described as the child’s special language. The child utilised play to develop certain skills, practice important roles and process and integrate events with emotional content. The unique quality of play makes it a powerful therapeutic intervention.

According to Schaefer (2011:4) these therapeutic powers that play have can be divided into eight categories, namely communication, stress management, ego boosting, preparation for life, self-actualisation, relationship enhancement and moral judgement.
Abraham Maslow stated correctly when he said: “If you only have a hammer as a tool you tend to see every problem as a nail”. Therefore we utilise prescriptive play therapy at the centre. This entails that different therapeutic approaches are utilised and adapted to suit the needs of every client. Thus, the play therapy is for example combined with Cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy , lego therapy and somatic experiencing.

Problems addressed by therapy at the centre are:

 

  • Anxiety (separation anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety)

  • Aggression and anger

  • Depression

  • Social problems

  • Sexual acting-out behaviour

  • Loss

  • Attachment problems (when parents and the child have difficulty connecting)

  • Family changes, eg. divorce

  • Eating problems

  • Self-esteem problems

  • Health-related problems

  • Bedwetting and/or soiling

  • Sleeping problems

  • Fears and nightmares

  • Adapting to new circumstances

  • Symptomatic behaviour (stomach aches, headaches)

Trauma Therapy

Trauma is a vivid reality in South Africa and can take on diverse forms including natural disasters, terrifying accidents, being diagnosed with a life threatening illness, violent crime, medical procedures and child maltreatment. It is thus inevitable that many children in South Africa are exposed to different traumatic situations, the impact of which should not be underestimated.

Different brief therapeutic techniques including EMI, EMDR, TRE and Somatic Experience are implemented at the centre to assist the child and his/her family to integrate the detrimental effects of trauma.

Symptoms of trauma that might be present are:

 

  • Sleeplessness

  • Loss of apatite

  • Irritation

  • Change in social behaviour

  • Scared

  • Sexual preoccupation or distress

  • Aggression

  • Nightmares

  • Change in school performance

  • Withdrawal

  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed

  • Emotional (crying)

  • Denial of the incident

  • Showing no emotion

Assessments

School Assessments, Clinical socio-emotional Assessments, Study Methods

At the centre we conduct a comprehensive assessment of the child’s emotional functioning before a tailor-made treatment plan can be compiled. Different techniques are utilised in order to formulate a holistic profile of the child. Techniques consist of the following:

  • Interviews
  • Projective techniques (drawings, projective cards, incomplete stories and sentences and fantasies)
  • Self rating scales
  • Rating scales and checklists

DOCUMENTS & FORMS

Please contact the centre for the fees. Please download the required documents and forms below.

 

Important Notice & Information
Personal Information Form
Child Information Form
Conditions of Service

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING

We provide training and workshops for professionals, parents and children.
workshops
ABOUT

Therapy is an investment that enriches and enhances quality of life that has been altered by different variables for example trauma (e.g. medical procedures, violence and abuse), loss, change or any other psychosocial difficulty.

SERVICES

Group Therapy
Individual Therapy
Trauma Therapy
Assessments
Training & Workshops

GET IN TOUCH
  • 609 January Masilela Dr, Constantia Park, Pretoria, 0181
  • +27 12 998 6661
  • admin@estherapy.co.za
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