What is Play Therapy?
When children suffer a traumatic event or are just finding things a little bit hard, words may be difficult to use when expressing how they feel.
Play therapy is an opportunity for children to explore feelings and emotions through the form of play, taking pressure off needing to use words and focusing on a playful and more approachable method to help them without feeling interrogated or threatened.
Play therapy can help in a variety of ways. Not only do they receive emotional support from the play therapist, they can also learn and understand more about their own thoughts and feelings.
The child leads the play during sessions and has many different things to choose from such as, arts and crafts, toy people and animals, sensory play, dressing up etc.
The role of the play therapist is to facilitate the play in order to aid the child’s understanding and healing of the hurt or upset they are feeling inside.