What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a method of helping children with behaviour and emotional problems to help themselves. Through self expression and the child’s natural medium of play, the child is given the opportunity to ‘play out’ their feelings. The therapist provides the safe space and reflection for the child to recognise their problems unconsciously and work through probable solutions themselves.
The therapist adheres to the 8 Axline principles to enable this.
Who can Benefit from Play Therapy
Play therapy may be useful for any child who may have experienced
- Bereavement or loss
- Divorce or separation
- Witnessed / heard domestic violence
- Anxiety / depression
- Emotional upheaval
- Nightmares / fears
- Have been bullied or are bullies
- Behavioural issues
- Poor focus / easily distracted
- Poor educational attainment
- School exclusion
- Been subjected to any form of abuse
- Attachment related difficulties
What can it help with?
- Improving self esteem
- Ability to concentrate and focus on school work
- Peer or sibling relationships
- Emotional health and well being