Play therapy creates a safe and friendly environment where children can express difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviour that may be troubling them.

Play is the child's natural medium of self expression - it is essential for development

Using play and the arts in creative therapy
Children often struggle to talk about their experiences, as they have not developed the vocabulary to express themselves. Difficulties they are having may be expressed instead through their behaviour, ability to form friendships, family relationships or how they play. Creative therapy and play such as painting, puppets, sand play, storytelling, drama and movement, help a child to express how they feel and work through any difficulties within the safety of play and metaphor.

What issues can benefit from creative therapy?
Children can work through a variety of different emotional issues and problems, including:

Loss or bereavement
Difficulty in school, difficulty concentrating, bullying
Anger
Trauma such as parental separation, moving schools
Stress, anxiety, depression (including post-natal) or general unhappiness
Low self-esteem and confidence
Difficulty making friends

How are the sessions structured?
At the initial consultation, the care giver/parent and therapist discuss the child’s needs and what they know of the child’s general behaviour.  The sessions are normally 50-minute therapy sessions, meeting each week at the same time, for an initial period of 6 weeks, then the parent and the therapist will have a review session to discuss how the therapy is going.  The parent is invited to contact the therapist at any time with questions, concerns etc.  Studies have shown the average length of time for a child to receive play therapy is 20 weeks, although some children need fewer or additional sessions.