Why Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a proven therapeutic modality that allows children to grow, learn, heal, and thrive. Children often do not have the verbal abilities to express their feelings.
Play therapy, conducted by a qualified play therapist, offers children the opportunity to process and assess appropriate coping skills, behaviours, and world views.
How does Play Therapy work?
When children are not equipped to solve their own problems, they often act out and are unhappy.
Play therapy provides the opportunity for therapists to assess and understand children’s play so that they can best help them.
When children can confront their problems during the play session, they are able to develop more appropriate resolutions and gain insight into how to handle situations.
Who can benefit from Play Therapy?
Not only is play therapy extremely beneficial to children, its also valuable to families and teachers who are connected to the child. Here is a list of life events and experiences where play therapy is recommended for a child:
- Bereavement or loss
- Divorce or family separation
- Bullying or social isolation
- Inappropriate behaviour or risk of school exclusion
- Nightmares or disturbed sleep
- Illness – e.g. chronic, ‘long-term’ or operations
- Difficulty with relationships e.g. frequent quarrelling
- Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
- Lack of self-esteem
- Poor confidence
This list gives you some examples of concerns that play therapy may help with but there are many others. If you are unsure whether play therapy could benefit your child, get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.