Play Therapy is a well-established discipline based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative shows that it is highly effective in most cases.
Children’s natural ways of communication happen through play. Play Therapy helps children express themselves and to make sense of their life experiences.
Children learn, communicate and explore their inner world through metaphor play and art media such as: sand, water, clay, painting, drawing, toys, music, drawing, drama, stories and making things. Recovery from difficult life experiences is facilitated by a Play Therapist.
A therapeutic, non- judgmental environment is a place where a child feels safe, accepted, and free to be who he/she wants to be.
Conventional, more directive, talking therapies are often inappropriate for children and young people as they struggle to describe their feeling in words. Play Therapy offers children the opportunity to explore and understand their feelings. Play Therapy enables children to shift their ways of seeing a problem/trauma/difficulty so that they are less likely to internalise blame.
The outcome of Play Therapy is empowering, helps build confidence and self- esteem which enables children to make great progress by coping with difficulties in the real world.