Perth Play Therapy

At the Hopscotch Therapy Centre I strive to provide a safe space for children to grow and discover their inner potential. My work with children is child-centered in nature, allowing my clients to lead the way and discover themselves at their own pace.


About Me

My name is Ané Bryden and I practice as a Play Therapist. I have a warm and respectful approach and strive to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment in which clients can explore and grow. I believe that the quality of the relationship and connection between my client and I are the most important elements of the therapeutic process.

When working with clients I use a Child Centered approach, providing therapy for children between the ages of 3–10 years. I have ten years’ experience in working with children and their families in a range of settings. I started my work with children as a teacher and while I was teaching I discovered a special interest in early childhood development, which led to my further studies in the field of Educational Psychology. I successfully completed a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and worked as an Educational Psychologist in private practice. I believe that children with emotional, behavioural and social problems can truly benefit from early therapeutic intervention to prevent mental health difficulties later in life.

I am registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and with The Australian Play Therapists Association. I have completed a Certificate of Play Therapy Skills to be able to work as a Play Therapist. A Play Therapist is an experienced mental health professional who has specialised skills to provide therapy to children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. I am furthering my clinical skills as a Play Therapist by completing an Advanced Training Programme with Play Therapy Australia. For the purpose of this training programme I am receiving supervision from a leader in the field of Child Centered Play Therapy, Dr Nancy Cochran. I adhere to all the standards and ethics of the Australian Counselling Association and receive regular clinical supervision.


What I Do

“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 difficulties.” (Virginia Axline 1969, p.9)

Child-centered Approach

  • Child-centered play therapy is a process that is facilitated by a therapist, but it is led by the child.
  • Child-centered play therapy is a time and space that is created to allow the child to grow and change.
  • Child-centered play therapy is different to every day play, because there is a well-trained therapist in the room with the child. The therapist uses a set of well-established skills to create an environment in which the child can find self-direction and a place for self-expression.
  • At the heart of child-centered play therapy is the therapist’s acceptance of the child for who they are.

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Childrens Therapy Perth

“Children are our finest teachers. They already know how to grow, how to learn, how to expand and discover, how to feel, laugh and cry and get mad, what is right for them and what is not right for them, what they need. They already know how to love and be joyful, and to live life to its fullest, to work and be strong and full of energy. All they (and the children within us) need is the space to do it.” — Violet Oaklander

My Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Higher Diploma in Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Educational Psychology)
  • Master of Education (Educational Psychology)
  • Certificate of Play Therapy Skills
  • Completing Play Therapy Australia Advanced Clinical Training

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