What is Child Centred Play Therapy?
A therapy offered to children between 2 and 7 Child Centered Play Therapy an evidence based treatment and the philosophy that every child has an innate ability to express their innermost feelings, thoughts and challenges; to learn to modulate their feelings and behaviours; develop a positive sense of self; problem solve solutions and improve resilience in even the most challenging of situations.
The specific communication style the psychologist uses supports an accepting, warm and trusting relationship with limit setting in the context of the child’s natural language of play. The child is able to undertake the internal work that they require to heal themselves with lasting changes.
How will I know if play therapy is suitable for my child?
Play therapy helps children with social or emotional difficulties express their emotions better, improve their behaviour, practice problem-solving and improve their social relationships.
Play therapy can be used to help children with the following issues:
- Anxiety or depression
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioural disorders
- Autism spectrum
Your child does not need to have a diagnosis to benefit from play therapy, it can be very useful if your child is experiencing any of these circumstances:
- Issues with them or other family members with a serious illness or hospitalisation
- Family conflict or aggression issues
- Family crisis
- School change
- Self-esteem issues
- Peer problems
How often will my child need to attend?
Continuity and consistency is important for children to feel safe and heal therefore sessions usually occur on a weekly basis at the same time for 45 minutes each. The number of sessions is dependent on the nature and severity of the presenting problem/s ranging from 6 weekly consultations to weekly sessions over a period of up to 2 years.