What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Unlike adults children do not have the ability to communicate their worries or problems using words. Play is the natural language of children and the toys are their words. Play therapy helps children to change how they think about, behave and resolve their worries. Play is how children learn and communicate. When children have no outlet for their difficult emotions they become bottled up often resulting in inappropriate and worrying behaviour. Play therapy allows them to play out their emotions for as long as they need to in a non-direct, child led and non-judgemental manner.
Play therapy is suitable for children from the age of 3 upwards.
Creative arts therapy is used for older children and teenagers incorporating activities such as a sand tray, clay, storytelling, creative writing, art and crafts and games allowing the young person to work on and resolve difficulties in a non-threatening, supportive environment. Creative arts is based on the same principles as play therapy.
Individual Play Therapy Sessions – Child and therapist only
Autplay Therapy– a specialised family therapy for children who have diagnosis of ASD/ADHD/Developmental Delays where non directive play therapy is unsuitable
Group Play Therapy Sessions-suitable for children who present with common difficulties such as poor social skills, low self-esteem etc.
Parent Support Sessions-These can be once off for support with a particular issue or can be longer term. Sessions are targeted on a needs basis.
Workshops-Workshops can be designed to meet the clients needs. Suitable for professional groups or parents. For example, Sensory Play, Self Esteem, An Introduction to Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Practice for the Classroom, Managing Behaviours in the Classroom
Contact Melissa: 089 2546176