What is Play Therapy?
Children often do not have the language to express difficult life experiences and feelings with other people and can feel confused, worried or angry as a result. Play Therapy offers a way of sharing these difficult feelings in a 1:1 setting with a trained therapist, who can help them to make sense of their world and the emotions they are experiencing, using their natural language of play.
I use an integrative approach based on Child Centred Play Therapy with focused activities and techniques, alongside non directive opportunities, where I feel these are helpful to support the child.
I work closely with parents/carers as well as schools and, where appropriate, I am able to offer support and advice to help adults understand and manage the child's difficulties at home or within the classroom setting.
What kind of difficulties can be helped through Play Therapy?
Play Therapy can be used to help children aged 3-12 years with a range of difficulties including;
If a child is experiencing difficulties and you are not sure if Play Therapy might help I am always happy to discuss this with either parents or referring professionals.
What happens next?
After an initial brief discussion about the suitability of Play Therapy for a child with the referring adult I will meet with the parents/carers to explain the process and to find out as much as I can about the child's experiences and difficulties, including their early years and development to date. I will then meet with the child and explain what we hope to offer in the way of help and support and may arrange to have 1 or 2 play sessions with them as part of the assessment process. At this point I will then meet again with parents, and where appropriate the referrer, to discuss the appropriateness of Play Therapy and my recommendations for further sessions.
During a period of therapy I usually meet with parents/carers 4-6 weekly to review how things are going and if there have been any changes in their child either at home or in school. Whilst I do not discuss what children are doing in therapy sessions I will share with parents/carers any concerns I may have about their child and suggest ways they may be able to support them at home.