Many children need support in emotional literacy. Others have behavioural or mental health problems which prevent them from fulfilling their potential.
“Non-directive play therapy is based on respect for the child and confidence in their ability to direct their own process. It requires that the therapist maintain unconditional acceptance and positive regard for the child. Because children do not have the cognitive and language skills to communicate their emotional experiences, by observing a child’s play sequences and play themes, the therapist can gain great insight into the child’s inner world. By creating a safe, free and protected space, the child is provided the opportunity to work through deeper emotional fears, wounds and experiences. Children are given permission to express themselves in whatever way they are comfortable and are not required to “talk” (verbally), which often feels intimidating and scary to a child”.
Good Therapy 2009
Clients for Play and Creative Arts Therapy are often referred by:
- Foster and Adoption Care Agencies
- NHS GP
- Social Services
- Children’s Charities
- Care Homes
- Counselling Organisations
- Behaviour Services
“Play Therapy has been widely researched as an effective and developmentally appropriate method for working with children dealing with(but not only): depression, grief and loss, social adjustments, speech difficulties, trauma, hospitalisation, reading difficulties, enuresis and encopresis problems, fear and anxiety, abuse and neglect, aggression/acting out behaviours, attachment difficulties, autism, chronic illness, burn victims, parental separation/divorce, deaf and physically challenged children, withdrawn children.”
Good Therapy, 2009