What is Play Therapy?
Children may have difficulty trying to communicate verbally what is troubling them therefore adult therapies may be unhelpful.
To help make sense of their experiences in play therapy, children use play to communicate at their own pace without feeling interrogated and threatened. Therefore play therapy can help children understand muddled feelings and difficult life experiences they have previously been unable to make sense of.
Will Play Therapy Help My Child?
Through play therapy children, receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children can also learn to deal with relationships and conflicts more appropriately.
General outcomes of play therapy could be a reduction in anxiety, change in behaviour, raised self-esteem, self-belief, increased self-efficacy and improved relations with family members.