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Expressive Therapy SA is a service providing child-centered expressive therapy, art therapy, play therapy, family therapy, occupational therapy and counselling for early and primary years children in Adelaide and across South Australia.

At Expressive Therapy SA we have a deep belief that children do not exist in isolation, therefore, we work hand in hand with families to take a whole family approach – so we can provide the right type of support, at the right time and place, to meet the needs of your unique family situation.

Worried about your child?

Expressive Therapy could be the answer

Expressive therapy is a form of psychotherapy, which helps children express their thoughts and feelings through the creative medium of art, music, movement, drama, play and sandplay – tapping into your child’s natural way of communicating and expressing feelings.

Expressive therapy is a well-recognised approach, specifically suited to children with a developmental age of 3-12 yrs. Through creativity and play the child is able to identify, work through, and resolve emotional conflicts that are too painful or too difficult to express verbally, or that may in fact be outside conscious awareness.

An Expressive Therapist helps children explore their feelings and process their experiences, enabling them to cope better in the future. Expressive therapy can help children feel happier, resolve complicated feelings, develop emotional literacy, improve self-confidence and resilience and build positive relationships. Expressive Therapy helps children communicate feelings or experiences they may find hard to put into words.

• Express feelings • Improve mood • Resolve conflict • Resist peer pressure • Control emotions • Improve communication • Think flexibly • Build resilience
• Express feelings • Improve mood • Resolve conflict • Resist peer pressure • Control emotions • Improve communication • Think flexibly • Build resilience
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A child playing with blocks

Why choose Expressive Therapy?

Sometimes children need extra support to manage difficult times or a traumatic event or a developmental delay. Expressive Therapy can help children in a similar way that counselling can help adults.

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Expressive Therapy can help with:

Big behaviours, anger, tantrums

Trauma, family violence, accidents.

Non / less verbal children, selective mutism

Divorce, bereavement, illness

Self-harming behaviours

School stress, bullying

Autism, sensory modulation, ADHD

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How we work

Expressive Therapy involves using creative activities in a therapeutic environment, with the support of a registered and trained professional. Your child does not need to have done these activities before, or have any particular skills or knowledge.

Although sessions may look like play, Expressive Therapists are registered psychotherapists, here to help resolve emotional distress and achieve optimal mental wellness. Children often do enjoy Expressive Therapy sessions, even though they may be working through difficult issues.

As a registered NDIS provider, we support NDIS  participants that are self, plan & NDIA managed
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NDIS Funded: $193.96 per hour
Privately Funded: $175.00 (+GST) per hour

Initial assessment appointments are 90 minutes.

NDIS progress report are charged as 2 hours ($387).

We are happy to directly invoice self-managed NDIS clients, NDIS plan managers, or the NDIA Portal.

Hourly cost is the same for online, in-clinic or outreach sessions. Outreach sessions are subject to travel fees.

We will accept mental health care rebates towards the cost of private sessions in early 2022.

Book Now

Phone us now on (08) 7081 5886 or book online for immediate confirmation.

Have questions? Email us below and request a practitioner to call you for a free 15-minute consultation.

Click here to book at our Adelaide site
Click here to book at our Munno Para site
Click here to book at our Morphett Vale site

“I have worked extensively with Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham and her team at Expressive Therapy SA. The quality of their work and the standard of care provided to their clients is exceptional and very professional in nature. Referral of clients has been expedient and comprehensive in nature. Clients I have referred to ETSA report a very high level of satisfaction in their care, and I am always confident that they are receiving individualised and high-quality clinical work. Paula and her team are highly qualified and experienced professionals and are always innovative and flexible in their therapeutic care. I would highly recommend using ETSA as a service and have every confidence that clients will receive an outstanding personalised experience.”

Dr Matthew Doherty. ​B.App. Sc (Nurs); B.A. (Psych.Hons); M.App. Soc.Sc (Cnsling); PhD.
Clinical Manager, Northern Area Community & Youth Services Inc.
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.
Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences.
Graduate Program of Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Adelaide.

Contact Us

08 7081 5886
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NDIS Registered Provider

Unihealth Playford
250/252 Curtis Road
Munno Para SA 5115

Adelaide CBD
Suite 416, Level 4
33 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000

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Expressive Therapy SA acknowledge that the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, have always been creatively expressing, supporting and caring for community on these lands. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. 

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