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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to know what we bring in to sessions? Find out more about our playrooms here