Play is the natural way children learn. The natural communication method in children is play and activity – toys are used as words and play is their language. Children can use toys and art to express things that they may otherwise feel uncomfortable discussing. It is essential for children to “play out” their feelings and emotions to better understand them. Play therapy is a way of assisting children to learn new emotional, behavioural, and cognitive skills quickly using their individual learning style.
In our clinic we offer a warm, gentle and flexible approach to counselling for children. Our play therapy area gives children a safe place to comfortably express their feelings. There is no set timeline for the therapy process, it is based on each individuals needs.
Parents play an important role in their Childs therapy even if they are not involved in the session. If parents are bringing their child to therapy with a negative attitude, chances are the kids will also see it as a negative experience. If the child is anxious about coming to therapy, parents should reassure their child that it is a safe and comfortable environment to talk about their feelings.
Play Therapy is typically for children aged 3-11, at this age it is hard to guarantee progress. The only way progress can be made is when both, children and parents are engaged in the sessions. Play therapy does not stop in the therapy room. The play therapist will supply the children and parents with tools and strategies to use at home, school, during sessions and anywhere else they are needed. If parents are not enforcing these tools and strategies then it will be likely that the child does not make progress in the therapeutic process.
It is also important that parents have a relationship with the therapist in order to discuss any issues the child has had since the last visit or other concerns they are having that the child may not want to bring up on their own.