"YOU CAN DISCOVER MORE ABOUT A PERSON
IN AN HOUR OF PLAY
THAN IN A YEAR OF CONVERSATION."
In the current world, children and their families are faced with unprecedented disruptions and changes and these challenges can take a huge toll. To navigate around, children and adolescents need to explore their feelings, express themselves and make sense of their life experiences. However, conventional talking therapies may not be suitable for children and young people who struggle to find the words to describe complex and often confusing feelings.
Play and creative therapies, widely acknowledged as appropriate approaches to working with children and young people struggling with:
Challenges arising from separation, divorce and familial conflicts
Mental health issues eg anxiety, school refusal, depression, learning difficulties
Developmental issues such as self esteem, motivation, relational difficulties, bullying, school and behavioural challenges
Loss through grief and loss through bereavement, family breakdown or separation
Applying the therapeutic benefits of play and creativity, these approaches offer young clients a non-verbal yet powerful way of expressing themselves. In doing so, they can address and resolve their own problems.
PLAY THERAPY - Toys are a child's words
Play Therapy builds on the natural way that they learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Implemented as a treatment of choice in mental health, school, agencies, hospital, residential, and recreational settings, Play Therapy can be adapted to suit different developmental levels and is appropriate for children of all ages, but is most often used for children aged between three and twelve years.
Play Therapy is appropriate for children who are displaying behaviours that are seen to be a problem by those who care for them: they may be withdrawn, difficult to manage or not reaching their potential in some way.
CREATIVE THERAPY - More than words
Emotions and feelings can complicated and bewildering. This is especially so for children and teenagers who need support to make meaning of their experiences. Through creative media such as art, sand, clay, puppets, stories, LEGO and other tools, our clients can find alternative ways of discovering and understanding their inner worlds.