Play Therapy

All children can benefit from play therapy. The relationship between the child and therapist is central to the process. Once trust has been established the child will enter into a fun and dynamic relationship with the therapist where they can easily express themselves and make sense of the world around them. The therapist implements few boundaries only those required to maintain safety within the play room. This allows healing to occur.

Play therapy can be effective for a broad range of problems including:

  • Anxiety- School, Separation, Social, Global
  • Angermusical-instruments
  • Autism/ADHD/ADD
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Selective mutism
  • Difficult making/maintaining friendships
  • Social skills
  • Sleep issues-bed wetting, nightmares
  • Eating problems
  • Divorce or separated parents
  • Low self-esteem
  • Domestic violence
  • Witnessed a traumatic event
  • Illness/hospitalisation
  • Experienced Trauma including Covid 19

Benefits of PlayTherapy

  • Play is essential for healthy growth and development
  • Promotes healthy friendships
  • Increased concentration and academic achievement
  • Improved self esteem and confidence
  • Improves problem solving and coping skills
  • Ability to identify and express emotions in appropriate manner
  • Improvement in social skills and ability to relate to others
  • Increases children’s resilience
  • Reduces anxiety

What Tools Does a Play Therapist Use?20170216_130028-2

Sand and symbols

Art Materials

Musical Instruments


Therapeutic Stories20170217_092530

Creative Visualisation


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