Child playing with wooden animals

We believe that every child has the right to safety, security, opportunities to develop, and respect as an individual. Therefore, we take an integrative approach to play therapy, meaning we draw from several different models of play therapy to fit your child’s unique needs.

INTEGRATIVE PLAY THERAPY IS ALSO EVIDENCE BASED

The play we use during play therapy differs from typical ‘play activities. As a trained play therapist it is my role to facilitate play with your child, providing opportunities for them to safely work through challenges; explore feelings, worries, and emotional content.

Through play your child can safely distance themselves from problem behaviours finding new healthier ways to process worries and express themselves.

Play therapy harnesses the unique therapeutic powers of play to help children heal, develop, and thrive. Play therapy also does not try to change the child, but instead uses play as a way for the child to unlock their internal thoughts, feelings, and processes to bring about changes in behaviour, social, emotional, language, and physical development. 


Why is play so important?

Many think that play is just an activity, something that children do, a pastime, and of little value. Play often holds more negative connotations as we get older, such as being unproductive, competitive like sports or a waste of time when we should be working. However, Play is not any of those things but it’s vital to our wellbeing and health. Stuart Brown a clinical researcher of play says the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression (Brown, 2008).

Play holds many benefits, and these are the same regardless of age, gender, culture, or language.

Play can improve a child’s self- esteem and emotional regulation so they can better manage how they feel and help them manage stress and build resilience.

girl involved in pretend play

What is play and what does it look like?

  • Play is fun. It makes us feel good
  • Play has no defined purpose.
  • Its voluntary. No one tells you to play you just play.
  • We forget about time
  • We stop thinking about our worries
  • It unlocks potential. So, we learn, we can be scientists and experiment with ideas
  • We have an innate desire to keep playing     
  • What is the length & location of Child Play Therapy?

    Child Play Therapy varies in length according to the specific needs of your child. Shorter term therapy can be a minimum of 10 sessions. Consistency is vital for children to feel secure so sessions are once per week for 50 minutes.

    The program can take place in clinic or the family home, depending on the suitability.


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