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Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a mode of therapy that helps children to explore their feelings, express themselves and make sense of their life experiences.

Play is a child’s natural medium to learn, communicate and explore their world. Recovery from difficult life experiences can be facilitated by a Play Therapist, allowing a child freedom of expression in a safe and trusting environment.

Conventional talking therapies may be inappropriate for children and young people who struggle to put their feelings into words. Play Therapy provides children with the opportunity to explore and understand these feelings.

Who can benefit from Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is an effective intervention for children with a variety of presenting problems, including:

  • Children or young people who have been abused, or witnessed abusive relationships
  • Those who have experienced loss through bereavement, family breakdown or separation from culture of origin
  • Children who are ill, disabled or who support Carers or siblings with disabilities
  • Those who have witnessed violence or substance misuse

Play Therapy can offer children a space in which their feelings generated by their experiences can be expressed and contained. It cannot change what has happened but it can promote resilience within each child to enable him or her to discover a more hopeful view of the world.

Play Therapy is appropriate for children of all ages, but is most often used for children aged between three and twelve years.

All Play Therapists employed by Stepping Stones hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy, or are currently undertaking therapeutic training, and are Registered Members of the British Association of Play Therapists.

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