Now more than ever, children impacted by trauma need your help – $180 will support one child to receive much needed care – but every dollar makes a difference.

Now more than ever, children impacted by trauma need your help – $180 will support one child to receive much needed care – but every dollar makes a difference.

Who We Are

At Be Centre, we provide hope and healing through Play Therapy, empowering children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties, including those who have experienced trauma, to be the best they can be.

Our therapists create a “safe space” for children in our specialised Play Therapy rooms, giving them a chance to make sense of adverse experiences, and simply “be”, accompanied by our qualified team who are equipped to deal with all kinds of early childhood trauma – from grief to domestic violence.

What they struggle to say, we understand through play.

Why we need your donations now

Here are the facts we can help change together

1 in 3 parents say COVID has negatively impacted their child’s mental health

50% of children with mental illness continue to struggle in adulthood

50% of adult mental illness begins before the age of 14

Mental illness is costing Australia between $43-$70 billion each year

1 in 4 children are exposed to domestic violence which can cause ongoing mental health issues

Be Centre receives 5 new enquiries every day and the wait list for our services continues to grow

Demand is at a high and early intervention is needed

With your help we can help meet this demand. Life is short. Childhood is even shorter. To influence the outcome of a child’s life after experiencing trauma, there’s a very small window. But with the right approach, the impact is lifechanging.

Ben's Story: Ben for most of his life was exposed to domestic violence. Play therapy helped Ben play out his anger, fear and worries. Slowly but surely Ben was able to move through his anxiety and fears. Our therapists helped Ben develop a sense of self which had been missing before and he began to smile, have fun and be a kid again as the weight lifted off his shoulders.

The Bartlett’s story: “The Be Centre really helped us through a difficult time when our son had cancer. When we needed some extra support they were there with the right tools and support to help our children process their emotions and begin feeling less burdened and much happier.” Grateful mum

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Why Play Therapy is important

The problem is, kids don’t often respond to typical methods of trauma intervention that work with adults. They don’t process things the same way we do. They communicate differently.

Above all, kids understand the world through play. Play therapy isn’t just a fun intervention – it’s one of the most effective ways of helping a child heal after trauma.

Play Therapy was developed to give children another type of support; one that taps into their most natural means of learning and expression. Through play, kids can work through emotions and experiences from mild behavioral issues to serious trauma, in a safe space that’s centred on them – feeling a sense of acceptance, encouragement and freedom.

Well-established and evidence-based, Play Therapy is an approach founded on a number of psychological theories. It has been widely used in the UK and US and is fast gaining recognition in Australia as an effective intervention and therapy.

Be Centre is a member of Play Therapy International (PTI) and the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA). APPTA is a member of Allied Health Professional Australia (AHPA).


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