Why use play therapy?
You may have a child or a young adult that is struggling with emotional literacy, behaviour or mental health issues. Mental health, like physical health, is as much about prevention as cure. Different aspects of play can deal with a spectrum of childrens’ emotional behaviour and mental health issues. Since not all children can talk openly, play therapy is a proven method of supporting children that are struggling to cope emotionally.
Play therapy is based on the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression (VM Axline, Play Therapy 1947). It allows children to change the way they think about life, to look forward and resolve their concerns and fears in a safe space with an experienced professional.
It is a complete therapeutic system, using play and creative techniques, accepting the child as they are, rather than focussing on their problems.
- Become more responsible for their behaviour.
- Develop coping strategies when confronted by emotional triggers.
- Establish new and creative solutions to problems.
- Promote respect and acceptance of self, and in turn, others.
- Learn to experience and then express emotions appropriately.
- Understand how to be considerate of others and their feelings.
- Learn new or to enhance their social skills.
- Practice developing interaction skills.
- Develop their confidence and selfesteem.
- Be able to trust themselves, their decision making and other people.
‘What’s Play Therapy? I dunno, I play with the toys and the sand and the art stuff and all the stickers Dawn has and I feel happy! And I go every week, yayyyyyyyyyy!
When I work with Dawn, I can choose what to do with my anger in the right way, and it’s fun. she never makes you talk.
Sibling Play Therapy
As with individual therapy but using the relationship difficulties or issues to highlight and provide solutions to make their relationship better.
Parent & Child Relationship Building
Using play techniques to help a parent and a child bond better or begin a bond that life prevented happening in earlier years.
Using play and creative techniques to bring about resolution of issues in family situations and build better bonds and communications between family members.