Communicating Experiences and Knowledge Through Play
Play Therapy offers a child the time and SPACE to identify, acknowledge and work through their feelings, problems and anxieties. It is an opportunity for them to learn to cope with their feelings constructively and a chance to develop strategies for dealing with their situations in the real world more appropriately.
Play Therapy involves the use of toys and other materials (such as sand and art) as well as a child’s imagination to make sense of and gain “mastery” over their world and experiences in it. Through the therapeutic process, which is centered around a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, a child’s inner resources are enabled in order to bring about growth and change. The approach is child-centered as play is used as the primary means of expression and communication.
Children who suffer from emotional problems such as shyness, withdrawal or anxiety can be helped through Play Therapy.
A Play Therapist will conduct an assessment and observe your child to determine whether support will be beneficial.
Indicators / Difficulties
- Aggression and other inappropriate behaviours.
- Various social problems and relationship issues.
- Children who struggle to make and maintain appropriate friendships.
- Issues related to bullying.
- Difficult life events such as parental divorce or separation, bereavement, abuse, illness or other trauma.
Next Steps / Benefits
Our Play Therapist, Caroline Sullivan, will meet with parents to discuss their child’s needs before recommending a full assessment. After the assessment, you will be given advice regarding further input.