Play Therapy

You may be thinking “what is play therapy?” “How can playing with toys help my child?” Play Therapy has made a difference to children’s lives for over 50 years now. I practice from a non-directive model as developed by Virginia Axline in the 1940s. I believe the child’s best medium of communication is play. As Garry Landreth said, “Play is the child’s language and toys are their words.”  
My therapeutic toolkit contains a wide variety of creative materials for the child to select; enabling them to communicate their worries.  

Play therapy toolkit includes: 
Art materials e.g. clay, paints, crayons
Sand tray
Miniature figures 
Musical instruments 
Dressing up clothes/props
It is important for your child to understand what is being offered and an idea as to why they are coming to see a play therapist. An agreement is made in the first session with the child in order to keep boundaries.  
The sessions are led by the child without the play therapist making any choices for the child or deciding on what to do. I trust in the child with what they need to bring to their sessions to play through. Want to know more? Request an information pack.
Play therapy can help children to:
Test out the world around them
Improve learning 
Become resilient
Find their own solutions 
Value their self
Obtain a sense of control 
Gain confidence 
Maintain boundaries
Communicate better
Be empowered