Child-Centred Psychotherapy & Creative Therapy
Dr Tanya Robinson

The impact of COVID-19 on children's mental health has been complex and Child-Centred Psychotherapy assist with emotional security for children and enables children to emotional regulate with more ease.

At the Therapy Room, Tanya wants you to feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. It is a welcoming and private space created in Adelaide’s CBD that allows patients, especially our patients of tender years to share their story in confidence and get the help they need. Dr Tanya Robinson is a specialised Mental Health Social Work Practitioner registered with AASW, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, and a specialist in child psychology. She obtained training in Child-Centred Psychotherapy and NICHD protocol interviews. Tanya has extensive knowledge and experience in assessments. She is a registered and accredited mediator with NMAS. She is based in South Australia with a bespoke tailoring approach to working Psychoanalytically. A bespoke tailoring approach to psychoanalysis is a contemporary approach to working psychoanalytically. A deep love and respect of the history and tradition of psychoanalysis are tempered with an appreciation for the numerous evidence-based therapies that have been developed more recently. A child-focused approach is taken in all therapeutic work done with young people to provide children with a voice.

Dr Tanya Robinson is a registered mental health social worker and a trained psychodynamic psychotherapist. She obtained specialised training in child psychology with a focus on Child-Centred Psychotherapy and NICHD protocol interviews and completed a master’s degree in Child-Centred Psychotherapy (UP). Dr Robinson specialises in trauma and emotional distress and is passionate about helping children when faced with adversities. Her Child-Centred Psychotherapy model and internationally recognised assessment tool “The Child’s Story Box” captures the voice of children and allow children to speak up when confronted with emotional difficulties.

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Child-Centred Psychotherapy is a form of therapy used with children. Children may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. While it may look like an ordinary playtime, Child-Centred Psychotherapy is much more than that. A trained therapist can use playtime to observe and gain insights into children’s problems. The therapist can then help children explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma. Through play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviours. Child-Centred Psychotherapy is a specific form of evidence-based therapy for children. Child-Centred Psychotherapy is ideal for young children from the age of 2. It guides the children to a secure state of attachment using specific techniques within a structured play environment. Child-Centred Psychotherapy provides support for children through creative expression and experiential means. Children use play as a form of communication and are valuable in their development. Child-Centred Psychotherapy is conducted in a play area with carefully selected toys to match the developmentally appropriate communication style of children. This can bring certainty and predictability to children’s minds, which can cause improvements in confidence, state of mind and self-efficacy.

Child-Centred Psychotherapy can be helpful to a child in a variety of circumstances such as;

  • Developmental delays and regressive behaviour.

  • Behavioural problems at school or home.

  • Emotional distress.

  • Aggressive, frustration, anger, and oppositional defiance behavioural problems.

  • Concentration difficulties.

  • Family problems such as divorce, separation, or death of a relative.

  • Sexual, psychological, emotional, and physical abuse.

  • Chronic illness and hospitalisation.

  • Sleeping and eating difficulties.

  • Attachment problems.

  • Anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.

  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • Bullying at school or home.

  • Problems relating to identity development.

  • Sport or peer pressure.

Child-Centred Psychotherapy has numerous benefits for a child such as;

  • Building resilience and strength.

  • Taking responsibility for certain behaviours.

  • Assist children in developing their own coping. strategies and problem-solving skills.

  • Assist children with self-love and self-respect.

  • Respect and empathy for others.

  • Alleviation of anxiety.

  • Assist children in expressing their feelings.

  • Encourage use of language and improve fine. gross motor skills.

  • Learning of social skills and build stronger family relationships.

Creative Therapy

Creative therapy is beneficial for people and children who have difficulty expressing their feelings verbally.


Creative therapy uses art-based activities to help treat emotional and mental health conditions.


Creative therapy is a form of therapy that encourages a person or child to work through their problems using art-based exercises. By Using creative therapy, a person or child can channel their thoughts and emotions through artistic expression and no artistic abilities or experiences are required to partake in creative therapy.


How can creative exercises be beneficial?

Many conditions can benefit from the use of creative therapy. According to the American Art Therapy Association, people and children can use creative therapy to:

  • improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions.

  • improve self-esteem and self-awareness.

  • enhance social skills.

  • build emotional strength.

  • encourage insight into situations that are causing issues.

  • resolve conflict or distress.

It is suggested that creative therapy could be useful for:

  • helping a person or child build relationships.

  • helping a person or child have a better understanding of themselves.

  • providing a distraction from pain or illness.

  • giving a person or child a sense of personal achievement.

  • providing relaxation or empowerment.


There are various types of creative therapy that a person may benefit from. Certain creative therapies may be more useful for specific conditions.


By using creative therapy, a person or a child can:

  • explore their feelings.

  • reconcile emotional conflicts.

  • manage their behaviour.

  • promote self-awareness.

  • develop social skills.

  • reduce their anxiety.

  • enhance their reality orientation.

  • increase their self-esteem.

Jungian child-centred psychoanalytical therapy at The Therapy Room.


Our therapist, Prof Tanya Robinson is passionate about working with children. Our aim is always to create a safe therapeutic space for the children and to enable them to grow emotionally, develop grit and emotionally support them with therapeutic tools to enhance mental health. We pride ourselves in providing a positive environment that is dependent upon our vision that children's mental health is our responsibility as a society. Child-centred therapy is imperative in shifting children emotionally and allowing them to grow and develop emotionally. We love to work with young children from a Jungian psychoanalytically approach.

"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung.