Play therapy is for children and young people that have a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. It can help him/her to make sense of and understand their difficult experiences and feelings. Some of the difficulties are as follows:
- Anger outbursts
- Social difficulties
- PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder)
- Behavioural difficulties
- Non expression or isolation
- Parental separation
- Bereavement or loss
- Nightmares or regression in developmental stages.
- Sexual abuse
- School difficulties
Some of the activities we user are:
• Sand Play
• Art Therapy, interface to expression of difficult emotions
•Creative Therapy leading to expression of self
• Character play
• Story Metaphoric techniques
• Independent individual expression
Play is a child’s language and a way for adults to observe what is going on within the child’s interpretation of their environment. Children cannot articulate difficult emotions and act them out as a result. Child therapy will allow a safe place for this expression and help them through the process of articulation, through newly learned patterns, thus, eliminating long term negative consequences.
An initial meeting is arranged with parents/caregivers to acquire a detailed sequential intake of the child and any presenting difficulties. Consent forms and initial set up is completed along with an explanation of the therapeutic approach and process. Parent/care givers observations of the issue being presented are all discussed at this initial meeting.
A non-directed approach during the child’s sessions using a variety of play, sand play, art and expressive techniques.
Building up a safe place for the child in which to express. This is unique to every child, as is the approach.
If an issue arises during initial sessions with a child, a Parental meeting will be arranged so the issue can be discussed, and changes put in place whilst sessions continue. This allows some changes to be implemented immediately whilst therapy is in progress.
Regular meetings with parents/caregivers during the therapeutic sessions contribute toward resolving the issues and concerns presented.