In my eyes, children are the heroes of their therapy journey, as a play therapist, I facilitate and hold the space but it’s the child that turns up week after week and do the hard work to heal and realign their body – that’s a privilege for me to watch, to sit beside. It is always a joyous process after the hard work when layer after layer the real child starts to emerge grasping tight a newly found strong identity and awareness where their place is in this world.
Amid this pandemic that’s all around us, there is a genuine opportunity for us to press the reset button and move forward into a new routine, a more connected and rested family unit and not back to what we had.
As a play therapist at the beginning of this pandemic, my advice to parents was to allow space for lots unstructured play as a priority in lockdown and homeschooling to take up a smaller part of every day. I saw it as an opportunity for my children to develop their unstructured play which I knew would help them process their current situation and develop their imagination. However, I never once pondered the power of them learning to be still.