What is Play Therapy?

A safe, protected and accepting space that allows a child the freedom to express their feelings, develop an understanding of their world and instigate positive change in their life.

 

Play/Creative therapy is used to support:

  • Emotional/behavioural development
  • Communication difficulties
  • Delayed language/play development
  • Social integration
  • Enhancing parental/carer child interaction
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Adopted /Fostered Children
  • Psychological difficulties eg. depression, anxiety, ADHD
  • Transitions
  • Difficult life experiences / Trauma

Play sessions support individuals in considering and   acknowledging their feelings, teaching them how to cope with them in a safe and constructive way within a respectful, non judgemental environment. 

Resources Used in Play Therapy
Art
Creative Visualization
Sand play
Storytelling
Music
Dance and Movement
Drama
Puppets
Masks
Clay
Throughout the process the therapist will:
Develop a warm and friendly relationship with the child/young person
Be accepting of the child
Be alert to recognise the feelings the child is showing and reflect these feelings back so the child gains insight into his/her behaviour
Uphold a deep respect for the child’s ability to solve his/her problems and give them the opportunity to do so.
Not attempt to direct the child’s actions or conversations or play, as it is important that the child leads the way and the therapist follows
Only set boundaries that are necessary to hold the therapy to the world of reality

 

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