Welcome to Discover Me Occupational Therapy . . .






Fiona Hayes

Occupational Therapist & Play Therapist at Discover Me Occupational Therapy provides:

Play Therapy for Children (counselling for children) & developmentally sensitive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Support for Parents

Counselling for Adults

Please see below for more information about each of these services.


Play Therapy


Play Therapy and/or developmentally sensitive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be helpful for your child if she or he is experiencing emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.  Play Therapy is a form of counselling for children aged 3 - 10 years.  For more specific information about Play Therapy can help a child, please go to Who Play Therapy Can Help?.

Play is the natural way children understand their world, express their feelings and communicate their experiences.  “Discover Me Occupational Therapy” has a specially designed therapeutic playroom.

Play Therapy allows your child to play out their worries and concerns with support from the Play Therapist.  Play Therapy can help parents, teachers and caregivers to understand what their child is going through.

Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and significant traumatic life events can result in persisting problems at home, day care or school. 

Listed below are some difficulties and situations where Play Therapy may be helpful.

Emotional Difficulties – depression, low mood, separation anxiety, aggression, low self-esteem, persistent worries and fears.


Behavioural Difficulties - dependency on others, withdrawal, bedwetting, soiling, hair pulling, selective mutism, sleeping problems, nightmares, immature or regressive behaviours, eating problems.


Social &  Relationship Difficulties - bullying, problems making and keeping friends, antisocial behaviours, family conflicts, sibling rivalry, attachment and bonding problems, excessive clinging and insecurity, withdraws from friends and others.


Educational Difficulties – poor self confidence affecting learning, disruptive in class.


Major Loss or Disruption in their Lives - abuse, divorce, bereavement, hospitalisation, frequent medical procedures, chronic illness, being a witness or victim of a traumatic event, foster care and adoption.


As an Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist I have specialist knowledge in child development and the potential impact of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties on the child, the family and at school and in social environments.

For more specific information about Play Therapy see:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) — Play Therapy


Support for Parents 

Being a parent of a child with difficulties can be challenging, distressing and tiring.  Support and strategies will be given to assist you with your child at home.  Advice may also be given to your child’s teachers and school or day care centre if you feel this would be helpful.


Counselling For Adults

Counselling aims to assist you to achieve a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Counselling can be helpful for individuals with emotional and mental health difficulties including:


· Anxiety

· Depression

· Schizophrenia and psychosis

· Bipolar affective disorder and mood problems

· Coping with a difficult physical or  mental health condition

· Change in life situation e.g. retirement, caring for a family member,

        loss of an important life role

· Stress-related illnesses


These emotional difficulties can lead to the following problems:


· Difficulty coping with stressful situations

· Feeling socially isolated & lonely

· Difficulty completing everyday life skills e.g. household tasks, parenting, work or study

· Low motivation

· Lack of routine leading to boredom

· Lack of meaning or purpose

· Problems with family and social relationships

· Low self confidence & self esteem


Counselling will allow you to:

1.         Gain a better understanding of your problems and the impact on your life.

2.         Learn practical strategies for managing them.

3.         Practise the techniques learnt during counselling consultations for use in your everyday life.

4.         Learn how to maintain the gains you have made during counselling.


Counselling and therapeutic methods used include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

An Occupational Therapist will make suggestions to modify your situation or give you strategies to improve your lifestyle and wellbeing.


These education and strategies may include:


· Stress management & skills to cope with life stressors

· Relaxation

· Anxiety management

· Prevention of relapse of a mental health condition

· Problem solving and goal setting

· Being more assertive

· Self esteem

· Healthy & balanced lifestyle counselling

· Feeling more comfortable relating to others


For more specific information about Counselling and Occupational Therapy see Counselling For Adults.



For more information about Counselling For Adults &

Play Therapy for Children or to make an appointment,

please contact Fiona.


I look forward to hearing from you.


                      Fiona Hayes

                      Occupational Therapist & Play Therapist

                  Discover Me Occupational Therapy

                      Unit 1B

                      73 Gibson Avenue

                      PADBURY WA 6025


                      0422 087 107



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