children & adolescents
Worried about your child?

Expressive Therapy provides child-centered expressive therapy, art therapy, play therapy, family therapy, occupational therapy, Learn to Play (L2P) assessments, psychology, speech therapy, and counselling for children and young people across South Australia.

Expressive Therapy could be the answer

We provide a range of therapies which helps children express their thoughts and feelings through the creative and play-based approaches – tapping into your child’s natural way of communicating and expressing feelings.

Creative and play-based approaches are well-recognised and evidence-based, and suited to children with a developmental age of 3-16 yrs. Through therapy children are able to identify, work through, and resolve emotional conflicts that are too painful or too difficult to express verbally, or may be outside conscious awareness.

At Expressive Therapy SA we help children explore their feelings and process their experiences, enabling them to cope better in the future, feel happier, resolve complicated feelings, develop emotional literacy, improve self-confidence and resilience and build positive relationships.

At Expressive Therapy SA we are skilled at assisting children communicate feelings or experiences they may find hard to put into words, as such we welcome, less verbal & non-speaking clients.

• Express feelings • Improve mood • Resolve conflict • Resist peer pressure • Control emotions • Improve communication • Think flexibly • Build resilience

Why choose Expressive Therapy SA?

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

Additionally, we are evidence-based, research informed, highly experienced and children really like us!

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

How we work

Expressive Therapy SA use play-based and 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 Therapist SA therapists are registered allied health professionals, here to help resolve emotional distress and achieve optimal mental wellness. Children often do enjoy therapy sessions, even though they may be working through difficult issues.

• Express feelings • Improve mood • Resolve conflict • Resist peer pressure • Control emotions • Improve communication • Think flexibly • Build resilience

Reduced fee sessions with Trainee Therapist currently available.

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).

Learn To Play Assessments are charged as 90 minutes.

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 are currently taking a wait-list for Mental Health Care Plan subsidies.

“Shane is easy to talk to, and I appreciate that he puts everything down in written words, drawings and images to help me grasp ideas better and allow information to sink in. He does not just drop lots of information but speaks to me like a friend, and helps me understand my issues and gives me tools and plans to help work through them.”

“The best thing is she’s fun”


“Paula has an amazing relationship with our son she is very knowledgeable, kind and supportive to our whole family”

Parent, Southern suburbs.

“Great connection formed with (my child) and practitioner and great trust has formed very quickly”.

Carer, Eastern Suburbs

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

Unihealth Playford
250/252 Curtis Road
Munno Para SA 5115

WOW Sensory Centre
19 Stanley St
Morphett Vale SA 5162

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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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