What Is Play Therapy?

What Is Play Therapy?

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

 

Play therapy is a clinical therapy and 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.



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

 

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.

 

"“From my experience of pupils from my class going to play therapy I think that it is a valuable time for children to help them prepare mentally for their school life and deal with issues that may affect their learning. It has been a relief for our children to be able to go somewhere safe in school to get whatever it is on their mind out in a way they feels most comfortable to express. Play therapy has given A confidence within herself and raised her self esteem. Her own opinion of herself is much more a positive one which is lovely to hear after such a long time with a negative perspective….When she comes back into class she is very calm and ready to learn" -Year Six Teacher
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What Is Play Therapy?

What Happens In the Playroom?

Our therapists will come in to your school 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 full of thins to help the children to express themselves. Dolls, art, puppets, sand and miniatures. When the children come in for their session they play whatever they want, however they want. Our therapists don’t judge. 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.

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

 

Many children are struggling with trauma such as death, abuse, domestic violence and struggle with 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.

 

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


Play therapy helps:

  • Elective/ selective autism
  • Bad behaviour
  • Anger
  • Low confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Friendship making
  • Concentration
  • Listening
  • Attention
  • Attendance
  • Hyperactivity
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Participation in class


Areas we specialise in:

  • Domestic violence
  • Loss ( parent, family, friend, pets)
  • Abuse – physical, sexual and emotional
  • New siblings
  • Attachment issues with parents/ carers
  • Alcoholism + substance abuse
  • Looked after children
  • After adoption
  • Divorce and separation
  • Speech and Language needs
  • Mental Health
  • Self-harm
  • Behaviour