Play is the language of the child. Through play a child is free to express their feelings, experiences and wishes. Parents often have concerns about their child who may be withdrawing, experiencing troubling emotions or displaying challenging behaviour. It can be hard to know how to help. Play therapy can help children aged 3-12 in the same way that counselling can help adults. By expressing themselves in a safe environment, with the support of a play therapist, a child can gain an understanding of their life, grow in confidence, and manage their emotions and behaviour more effectively.

Some Difficulties Play Therapy Can Help With:

  • Shyness
  • Peer relationship difficulties
  • Anger and frustration
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Unhappiness
  • Bullying
  • Family difficulties

Methods of Play Therapy

  • Puppets
  • Storytelling
  • Drawing
  • Music
  • Clay and Play Doh
  • Role play
  • Doll and dolls house play
  • Creative writing
  • Sensory Play
A Play Therapy Story

Sarah, a 6-year-old girl, was adopted after her mother was not able to care for her. She often cried over her mother, isolated herself from her peers, and was not sleeping well.

On coming to play therapy for the first time, Sarah was particularly interested in the baby dolls. She decided that they were not well and began to look after them and take them to the hospital. This was her way of understanding her own neglect and abandonment. As she began to talk about her own story, her therapist supported her in understanding that she was now being looked after by people who loved her and would always be there for her.

Eventually she said that the babies were feeling better and happier, and were able to sleep through the night. Indeed Sarah’s difficulties began to improve, including her sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Some Positive Outcomes Of Play Therapy

  • Finding ones place alongside peers
  • Increased resilience and strength
  • Improved educational attainment
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased confidence, self-awareness and curiosity

 

 

 

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