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All About Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is not just about "having fun playing." Child Centered Play Therapy is an evidence-based counselling method that is developmentally appropriate for children aged 3-10.

Children are not good at articulating, verbalizing and explaining their complex inner world, but instead, they express and resolve emotional conflicts through their natural form of communication "play". 

"Play" allows children to create enough distance from their emotionally intense experiences, which helps them to feel safer to explore and gain understanding of what happened to them. 

Play therapists are trained professionals who can create "safety within relationships." In a relationship characterized by warmth, understanding and acceptance, children are not only able to digest their experiences but also find themselves once again for who they are born to be.

It is believed this discovery, leads us to become more resilient. 

But most of all, children love coming to the play therapy!

*** Depending on your child's age and needs, other forms of therapy may be incorporated (such as art therapy and expressive therapy etc...) 

Sad girl in child therapy session

Play Therapy is Recommended for Children with...

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Such as:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Grief and loss

  • Aggression

  • Inability to regulate emotions

  • Low self-esteem

  • Acute/complex or medical trauma

  • Nightmares

  • Social withdraw

  • Social skill problems 

  • Family separation

  • Impact of domestic violence

  • Attachment disruption

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