Play Therapy is regarded as a well researched, evidenced based, trauma informed method of counselling for children aged 2-12 years old. It is a specialised approach that is effective for a wide range of childhood emotional, behavioural, developmental, social or psychological concerns.
Play based therapy assists positive childhood behaviour and helps them to find healthier ways of communicating and develop a greater sense of identity and self esteem, while increasing their emotional intelligence and resilience.
Play Therapy builds on the child’s inner resources and strengths.
Play Therapy is supported by the therapeutic relationship to bring about growth, development and healing of the child (Australian Play Therapists Association).
A child will often use their natural tendency to “play out’ their reactions to life situations through their play. They are supported to safely express, explore and make sense of their feelings. This then enables the child to feel accepted and understood, as a direct result of the relationship that the play therapist has worked hard to establish. Children learn to gain a sense of control or understanding of their difficult situations and sometimes painful life experiences. Overtime, the child is helped to cope with and work through difficult feelings, memories and experiences. They develop better ways of dealing with them within the playroom. They generally transfer these newly developed and practiced skills to their everyday life.
Child-centered Play Therapy sessions are non directive, relationship focused and child lead in nature. It is considered a medium to long term therapy intervention that is unique based on the child’s developmental capacities, temperament, presenting issues and current needs.
Our therapeutic approach with children also involves supporting the family along the journey by empowering parents and bringing about positive changes within their interactions and relationships. The process to change and growth and ultimately feeling healthy and integrated is a gradual process but with long lasting benefits.