August 17, 2017
Play therapy is an approach to counselling which uses art materials, toys and games in order to assist children to express their emotions, thoughts, feelings and anxieties. Play therapy is generally used with children aged between 3 years and 13 years.
This is a type of therapy that allows children to use their natural medium of communication (play) to communicate with a therapist. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important way for children to work through emotional stress and trauma. By playing with specially selected materials, and with the guidance of the therapist, the child is given the opportunity to play out his/her feelings, bringing these hidden emotions to the surface where she/he can face them and cope with them.
Play therapy is seen to help children to develop a better form of social integration, growth and development.
Difficulties a child may be facing: l Parental divorce l Sibling rivalry l Bed wetters l Aggressive behaviour l Social difficulties l Anxiety l Sleeping difficulties l Eating difficulties l School performance difficulties (not related to cognitive difficulties) l Trauma