How can Play in Therapy help my child?
Play Therapy is a gentle, non-directive form of evidence-based counselling for children.
These sessions work on developing the child’s awareness and understanding around their own personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. Through play-based therapies the child begins to express these thoughts and feelings using materials and toys in the playroom.
The trusted relationship with the therapist, which is developed carefully through the sessions, assists the journey. The trust and support of the therapist builds on increasing emotional intelligence and encouraging the child’s ability to self-regulate and self-control through the use of therapeutic limit setting.
What to expect in Sessions that include Play
Play based sessions for therapy can help with children’s abilities to initiate social engagement.
Play in therapy with a trained professional can not only help with children’s abilities to initiate social engagement. Children can also develop a greater sense of identity and self-concept through the non-directive, child-centred approach.
Although therapy that included play was developed in the early forties, is a relatively new mode of therapy for kids. It is now widely used to help children from all backgrounds gain mastery over their own emotional wellbeing.
“Play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression.” Founder of play-based therapy, Virgine M.Axeline
This type of therapy works on this theory and helps children to better define and express their feelings with the help of a trained specialist. Through a series of regular sessions with an experienced professional, play in therapy helps children understand their inner worlds, and gain mastery over their problems.
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Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.
Here’s what our happy customers had to say about their kids and our therapy services:
We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.
The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.
Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.
My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now
Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.
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