What Is Play Therapy?

What Is Play Therapy?


Play Therapy Is A Clinical Therapy For Children

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 safety through play. In our playrooms, a puppet can become an abuser, a soldier can represent internal battles, a babydoll can transport them back to infancy. The symbolism and metaphorical elements of play allows children to express themselves, organise feelings and understand them too.

Through play children can face fears, fight demons, witness miracles, mend what is broken, control the uncontrollable and in doing so…heal their soul - play is healing

Often children do not have the language to explain what has happened, nor the self-awareness to understand how this has affected their behaviour and self-concept. Our therapists are specifically trained to help children to understand how their feelings and behaviours are linked and can help children heal from negative experiences through use of metaphor and imagination in the playroom.

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



"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 childrens 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 in to a healthy adult." - Shahana Knight
What Is Play Therapy?

What Happens In the Playroom?

Our therapists will come in to your organisations 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. 

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 witness 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.

If you want to know more about what our therapists do in the session click HERE to read a blog about a day in the life of a therapist

Who can be referred?

Any child struggling with an emotional difficulty- children who are struggling with trauma such as death, abuse, domestic violence and  attachment issues.
Even simple things like getting a new sibling, being part of a large family or moving house can affect children emotionally. This can then impact a child’s friendships, confidence, self-belief and behaviour.

If you have a concern about a child you can refer them to our service by emailing referrals@tpctherapy.co.uk 


Do you want to know what we bring in to sessions? Find out more about our playrooms here


What are the Benefits?


Play therapy helps to:

  • Change negative thought patterns
  • Make sense of difficult experiences
  • Find resolution
  • Build resilience
  • Build confidence
  • Build self-awareness
  • Develop a sense of identity