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What is Play/ Creative Therapy?

Play therapy is one of the most effective methods in helping children deal with difficult experiences in their lives. This type of therapy is designed to help children explore their feelings and experiences safely through play and creativity.

Often children do not have the language to explain or understand their experiences. Language is limiting, especially for children and young people who have experienced trauma. Words cannot describe or explain a deep pain or fear in the way that an image can reflect it or role-play can depict it. Our therapists are specifically trained to help children to understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked and can help children heal from negative experiences through the use of metaphor and imagination in the playroom.

 

Play is a child’s most natural form of self-expression and is a safe way of exploring difficult things.

Play therapy becomes Creative therapy when a child is referred to us at the age of 13 or above. It is important to note however that the same ethos and ways of working apply to creative therapy, the only difference is that our therapists tweak the resources and responses to meet the needs of an older child. Remember, many young people are still struggling with trauma that occurred when they were younger and so the play and creative elements allow them to regress and express themselves at the age in which trauma occurred.  

What happens in the playroom?

Our therapists will come into your organizations with suitcases full of toys and art materials. Everything we bring is designed to help children express themselves through play. The therapist sets up a playroom to help the children to express themselves. We have dolls, art, puppets, music, clay sand and miniatures.

When the children come in for their session they play whatever they want, however they want. Our therapists don’t judge or direct therapy. We know that any child or young person suffering from trauma knows exactly what they need to work through and when - we let them lead. 

"Children need the opportunity to work through and deal with trauma. Without intervention, there will be short term and long-term consequences. These will affect the children's ability to function day to day, socially, interpersonally and academically as well as affect the development of the self-belief and self-reflection needed to grow into a healthy adult." - Shahana Knight

The children come to learn that they can play out, talk about and feel anything in the playroom and it is all ok. We keep them safe and help them through their feelings. Week by week we see different themes and patterns emerging in their play.

For example in week one a child who has witnessed domestic violence might play out a lot of war, by week twelve we might start seeing heroes and rescuers emerging. Children might engage in role-play to explore a memory or regress to a younger time in their life when they felt safe.

It is through the play and with the support of their therapist that children can begin to make sense of their experiences and feelings.

Full Day

£250

Four children to be seen in a full day of Play Therapy Sessions

Half Day 

£150

Two children to be seen in half a day of Play Therapy Sessions

Sessional

£85

One child to be seen in a Play Therapy Session

Full Day

£250

Four children to be seen in a full day of Creative Therapy Sessions

Half Day 

£150

Two children to be seen in half a day of Creative Therapy Sessions

Sessional

£80

One child to be seen in a Creative Therapy Session

Recommended age: 3 - 11 years

Referrals accepted: Education, Adoption, Fostering, Crime/ Police, Health and other services 

Recommended age: 3 - 11 years

Referrals accepted: Education, Adoption, Fostering, Crime/ Police, Health and other services 

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