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Play Therapy is much like counselling is for adults, but through the medium of play, so the therapist works with the child using play for them to communicate, express their feelings and work through difficult emotions and life experiences. If you feel that your child is suffering from emotional difficulties then play therapy may be useful.
What is play therapy?
Play therapy provides children with opportunities to work through their problems in a developmentally appropriate way, without having to explain; through play and creative activities. The play therapist is led by the child and aims to form a trusting therapeutic relationship with them, so that they feel free to express themselves in any way they wish.
How will play therapy help?
Play therapy does not aim to fix a child's problems but there can be many benefits, including improved self-esteem, greater self-control and self-awareness, reduced anxiety, improved ability to cope and greater resilience, improvements in the way the child manages relationships, improvements in behaviour and a better understanding of past experiences.
What happens in play therapy sessions?
At Every Cloud we provide 1:1 play and creative arts therapy sessions for children and young people aged three and over, and play therapy sessions take place in a specially set-up playroom. The room includes a variety of toys and creative materials which the child is able to choose from and play with in almost any way they wish, with very few limitations. This permissive environment, combined with the accepting and non-judgemental relationship that the therapist develops with the child, provides the right conditions for the child to freely express themselves and work through their emotional difficulties.
Play therapists have extensive training in child development, attachment and how to communicate with children through the language of play.
How to book a session
Email us at email@example.com for a referral form. Once this has been returned to us, the child will be placed on our waiting list. Sessions take place between 9.30am and 4pm on term time week days and cost a minimum of £12.