What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy can help with many emotional, and behavioural issues. Just some of these issues are listed below:

Abuse, loss, bereavement, attachment, autism, foster/adoption, bullying, low confidence, divorced parents, communication, withdrawn, self-harm, cultural issues, nightmares, eating disorders, trauma, bed wetting, delayed development.

Play Therapy provides a vehicle for children to express themselves. It increases confidence, builds trust and raises insight and understanding of the self. Play is the most natural form of communication for a child to make sense of their world, especially if they have experienced some kind of trauma and are unable to communicate verbally. There are many creative mediums used in play therapy – sand, clay, art, therapeutic stories, music, toys, games, puppets and more. These mediums help to teach children how to connect with their feelings. Traditional “talking” therapies are often unsuitable for children who can not (or perhaps will not) talk about their thoughts, feelings and problems. The benefit of play therapy comes from allowing children to do what they do best – PLAY – in a safe and supportive environment with a Therapist who can share, reflect on, guide and understand the verbal and non-verbal insights given by the child during a play session. This allows the Play Therapist to help the child to understand his/her thoughts, feelings and emotions, make sense of them and develop strategies for change where this is appropriate.