Play Therapy

 

What is play therapy?

Play is the primary language of children and toys are their words.  Therapeutic Play enables a child to communicate their world and helps them to understand muddled feelings and upsetting events in a non-judgemental, safe environment that they control.  It is suitable for children aged three years old and over. The play room offers a variety of different play and creative media including sand, clay, art, puppets, musical instruments, therapeutic stories, etc.

Why Play Therapy?

A Play Therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play Therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.

Who is Play Therapy suitable for?

Play Therapy can help children who have experienced:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Low confidence and self esteem
  • Separation/divorce
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Trauma
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Social relationships
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bullying

What is the referral process?

Referrals are accepted from parents/carers, GP’s, teachers, CAMHS, social workers and other professionals.

If you have a child in mind or are interested to find out more about play therapy, please contact us.

What is the process?

It is vital the right therapist sees the right child and in the right timing so I offer a free initial telephone consultation to ensure both play therapy and myself are right for your child

  • Contact us to arrange an initial telephone conversation
  • You will complete a SDQ form
  • We will arrange to meet to discuss the scores for the initial SDQ form and complete consent forms.
  • If you agree to play therapy a minimum of 12 sessions is recommended. This is because play therapy works deep within a child for full healing rather than putting a sticky plaster on the symptoms.
  • A day and time will be agreed for your child to start therapy
  • Play Therapy sessions will commence for your child which will last for 45 minutes
  • After 10 weeks a review meeting will be held on completion of a follow up SDQ form and we will meet discuss the child’s process. Further sessions may be recommended or the child may be ready to end play therapy after session 12.
  • Once the child has finished, an end meeting will be arranged to discuss the outcomes and future recommendations.

Safeguarding

All play therapy sessions are confidential unless the children disclose a danger to themselves or someone else. Safeguarding is a priority and any child protection issues will be dealt with immediately.

Please contact us for a copy of our Safeguarding Policy.

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