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What is Play Therapy ?

Before we respond to behaviour, we need to understand its origin

 Play Therapy is a type of therapy where play, sand and art materials are used as a way of helping children and young people to understand and express their thoughts and feelings. Children and young people often struggle with describing what is wrong and often display their distress either in an outwardly behaviour or they become withdrawn and quiet.               By offering a variety of play and creative art materials in a safe therapeutic environment, I am able to help the child to connect with the emotions that they are struggling with. These sessions are non-judgmental, non-directive and non-interpretive.

It is these weekly Play Therapy sessions that will provide your child the opportunity to build confidence and concentration, make friends and learn about their ever-expanding world.

Who can I support?

Play Therapy is appropriate for children aged from 4 to 12 years of age 

It can support children through a range of difficulties such as;

  • To process and express emotions in a safe environment

  • To address trauma or abuse in a supportive setting.

  • To address difficulties with transitions or changes in routine.

  • To address obsessive-compulsive behaviours or tendencies.

  • To develop coping skills for dealing with stress and anxiety.

  • To develop a sense of identity and self-awareness.

  • To improve sleep patterns and address insomnia.

  • To address phobias or fears.

  • To address issues related to adoption or foster care.

  • To explore gender identity or sexuality in a supportive environment.

  • To explore and understand difficult life changes or transitions.

  • To address perfectionism or fear of failure.

  • To address sibling rivalry or conflicts within the family.

  • To improve social skills and communication with peers.

  • To address issues related to divorce or family conflict.

  • To work through grief and loss.

  • To address issues related to chronic illness or disability.

  • To address attachment issues or difficulties forming relationships.

  • To address bullying or peer pressure.

  • To address behavioural issues such as aggression or withdrawal .

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