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Play Therapy

Lets Help Children To Help Themselves

Play Therapy facilitates healing through the medium of play, allowing the child to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings and make sense of their life experiences. All of our Play Therapists have trained with Play Therapy UK which is the largest and most progressive organisation governing Therapeutic Play and Play Therapy in the United Kingdom.

Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help  children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution. Play therapy is generally employed with children aged 3 through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.

How Does Therapeutic Play Work?

We will provide safe, confidential and caring environment that allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). This allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health.

The therapist may reflect back to the child observations of what has happened during the session if this is felt to be appropriate. Above all the child is given “Special Time”. So often in modern life we never seem to have enough time to spend with our children – just playing, just being there for them. The child is given strategies to cope with difficulties they face in life and which they themselves cannot change. It provides a more positive view of their future life.

Play therapy facilitates healing from past stressful or traumatic events that they may have experienced. It allows for the expression of feelings and encourages creative thinking and new ideas of how to problem solve. It also allows for the development of healthy decision making skills that enables children to learn through communication about problems and concerns they may have. Through support the children will develop new ways of learning, thinking and behaving.

A typical playroom will be set up with a small sand box with miniature figures such as people, animals, cars, fantasy figures, puppets, stuffed toys, dolls and dolls house with furniture, dress-up and make believe clothes and props, art materials for drawing and painting, construction toys and indoor games.

The child will be invited to play where they want and with whatever toys they wish although as the play therapy progresses the play therapy will be more directive and encourage the children to play with specific items or participate in certain activities that would work towards addressing the child’s current problems.

For more information about this service, please contact – Tel: 0844 854 2994 Email: Admin@excelswts.co.uk

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