What is play therapy?
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play to communicate and modify thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Children can explore and make sense of any past or current difficulties through the use of the play therapy tool-kit.
A trusting, warm and friendly relationship is created with the play therapist in a safe and secure environment. Both their internal and external worlds can be reached and through the language of play, they become aware of the irregularities in their processes. Play therapy also allows children to establish healthier ways to communicate, socialise, regulate emotions and regulate behaviours.
Why Play Therapy For My Child?
Parents and carers often worry when a child seems to be acting differently to their normal self. This can be from becoming disruptive, rebellious or lacking in focus to being withdrawn, socially uncomfortable or disrupted sleeping and eating patterns. Having the ability to seek support for your child is the first step into tackling these difficulties and not something that is judged by the play therapist. The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general such as increased confidence or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.
Play therapy helps to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem in all aspects of life and also provides strategies to manage and eradicate their difficulties (whether they be minor or major). Overall, play therapy allows your child to view their future life in a more positive manner. Your child may have been referred by their class teacher or you may feel your child could benefit from play therapy sessions.