Olive Branch Therapies is an organisation that currently provides both Play Therapy (primarily non-directive) and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy services.
Play Therapy can help children work through and make sense of difficult experiences or troubling feelings in their life through play. Play can help a child's emotional well-being and help them understand their thoughts and feelings at their own pace. Play Therapy can help children learn to accept themselves and others, leading to positive effects on relationships with their peers, their teachers, and their families.
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is a structured 10 session filial therapy model intervention that works with parents in a supportive group setting to teach them the basic skills of child-centred play therapy. Equipping the parent with these skills enables them to conduct their own regular play sessions with their children as the relationship between parent and child is more significant in the child’s life than that of the child and therapist. CPRT teaches parents to identify and respond to their children's feelings, use reflective and active listening skills, set effective boundaries, and augment their children's self-esteem. CPRT is also a good intervention for helping child-parent relationships that are already positive. It can enable parents to support their children through difficult experiences or life events. It has been effective for: parents with step children, parents with fostered or adopted children, families affected by physical or mental illness, and children recovering from abuse or trauma.