“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

~ Plato

I am fully qualified and experienced in Play Therapy and can offer this to children and younger people from the ages of five to thirteen. If you are a parent of a young person who you feel could benefit from some emotional support right now, then please do get in contact to discuss options.

Play Therapy can help children affected by a variety of difficult life experiences, such as:

  • low self-esteem
  • separation, loss or bereavement
  • bullying
  • family changes or breakdown
  • domestic violence
  • traumatic experiences
  • abuse and neglect
  • issues relating to disability/illness (of the child or family members) attachment-related difficulties

Emotional difficulties interfere with learning and relationships. Children who are experiencing a lot of anxiety or fear have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can have far reaching effects on brain development. In particular, it affects the growth of connections between different parts of the brain, which enables thought, planning, learning and memory. In addition, children preoccupied with uncomfortable feelings have little energy left for concentrating on learning, and they may be “on a short fuse” much of the time, causing disruption in class and in their friendships.

Play is children’s natural medium of self-expression, and encourages creativity. It builds confidence and concentration. It helps them to make friends and learn about their ever-expanding world. It allows them to learn from mistakes safely essential for enabling them to develop physically, emotionally and socially. It fosters the imagination , used therapeutically, play offers the opportunity for children to help themselves by “playing out” feelings and problems.

There are various media for expression on offer, and it can also be completely non-verbal. During the period of play therapy a trusting relationship develops with the therapist, in which children begin to feel safe enough to explore their difficulties and learn new ways of relating. Play therapy offers a safe place, a regular time, and firm boundaries within which to make choices and consider new possibilities. In the process they have fun, and experience acceptance, relaxation, and satisfaction.

If you would like to know more about my work with play therapy, please get in touch me with. I am happy to answer any of your questions.