Mariaan Brand

Social Worker

Mariaan Brand is a social worker in private practice. I work with toddlers from the age of 3 years and older and use a play therapy process to create a non-threatening, safe and comfortable environment to help children express their feelings and thoughts and deal with difficult painful emotional issues. Play is a child’s language and toys are their words. Through the use of different types of play and creative therapeutic methods and the development of a safe therapeutic relationship, children are helped to deal with painful emotional issues. During the play therapy process children’s sense of self enhance, they are assisted to integrate thoughts, emotions and behaviour, change negative behaviours, enhance adaptive functioning and achieve optimal growth and development.

I have a passion working with children, supporting and empowering them as well as their families. Services that I offer includes Play therapy, Play-based Counselling, Child and Family Counselling, Parent guidance and Socio-emotional assessment, Attachment Therapy

Play therapy may address but is not limited to:

  • Children that have experienced trauma (Witnessed and experienced violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, divorce)
  • Children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
  • Children being bullied
  • Children bullying others
  • Depressed & anxious children
  • Problems associated with parental divorce
  • Young & older children exhibiting aggression and anger
  • Bereavement & grief
  • Children with low self-esteem
  • Shy children
  • Adjustment issues
  • Attachment related difficulties (the relationship between parent and child)
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Grieving processes

Practice Number: 0796190
Registered at SACSSP (10-35409) & SAASWIP


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