Play therapy is an evidence based, effective technique used in child counselling and psychotherapy to assist children with their emotional development. It is a firmly established and globally recognised method of working with children.
Birds fly, Fish Swim, Children Play!
Play is a child's natural way of communicating. Through play children learn to regulate emotions, reduce anxiety, explore feelings and promote problem solving and self esteem. Play provides a child with a means through which they can develop, grow and learn about themselves and the relationships in their lives.
Children are naturally talented at inwardly knowing what they need. The difficulty for some children is letting those around them understand their needs. Play is a form of Expressive Therapy and is a wonderful way to help children to express and release their inner feelings and emotions. Through play, music, art, sand or symbols children can release deeply held emotions connected with past traumas, work through issues such as bullying or anxiety and learn new skills to increase their mental and social wellbeing and improve relationships.
What to expect - A play-full experience with therapeutic outcomes!
Our service is one-to-one therapy using the medium of Child Centred Play Therapy for children aged 2–12 years.
Children are supported in a one-to-one setting for sessions lasting up to 50 minutes, using a variety of expressive play therapy modalities.
The personal nature of play therapy allows for a safe and secure bond between the therapist and child. This is important for supporting children who have experienced trauma or have difficulties with attachment.
If you were to listen through the wall, our sessions sound like immense fun – and they are! However, this does not mean work is not being achieved. Each child is fully supported by the therapist in emotional release work, self expression and exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.