So what is Play Therapy
Play therapy is a way of helping children to improve their social and emotional wellbeing – but where adult counselling and treatments generally require the client to express their thoughts and feelings in words, play therapy allows children to communicate via the most natural form of expression they have at their disposal.During play therapy, children have the space to communicate at their own level and space, without feeling interrogated or threatened.
Play therapy is a safe, secure environment
Play therapy creates a safe environment where children can:
- Express themselves
- Try new things
- Learn more about the way the world works
- Make sense of painful experiences
- Play with positive outcomes
There are many different circumstances in which play therapy can help, but ultimately the aim is to improve their personal, social and emotional wellbeing.
Play therapy helps children to:
- Find healthier ways to communicate
- Develop fulfilling relationships
- Increase resiliency
- Improve emotional literacy
- Modify their behaviours
- Clarify their self-concept
- Build a healthier self and world view
Every child and the behaviours they present are unique, so play therapy offers a free-flowing and flexible platform to help them work out what’s happening in their lives, how they feel about it, and how they can learn to move on in a positive way.
For more information about the benefits of play therapy and how it works, please see the dedicated pages via the links – or simply pick up the phone and give me a call on 0330 900 0080 and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.