As a child’s main way of processing thoughts, feelings and events is sensory (through play) and not verbally (by talking), Play Therapy is the model of choice for most children.
Children have difficulty articulating their innermost struggles, often they have no words for these, so the best and most comfortable way to express them (and have the opportunity to process them) is via play.
Child Centred Play Therapy is a non-directive model; this means that the content of the session is provided by the child. It’s the therapist’s job to create an atmosphere of trust, acceptance and psychological safety in the child’s session and in their relationship with the child so that the child feels able to bring their current preoccupations to their therapy sessions. The child can then express (via. what they choose to do and how they choose to do it) the issues that are most important to them at the time of the therapy.
Our Play Therapist
Our Play Therapist did her training later in life, after years of classroom teaching in primary schools. In 2012, she chose to train with the British Association of Play Therapists; completing a two-year, Master’s level, university based course which provides a very robust and intensive training, resulting in an excellent level of preparation for this very important work with children and young people.
Please get in touch if you are wondering if Play Therapy sessions could be an option to support your child.