Play therapy is a form of support for children who are in need of emotional, social, or behavioural support. There are many reasons why this may be needed, for example: a child who has suffered the loss of a loved one; finding a parental separation/divorce difficult; finding it hard socialising with friends; being bullied; has behaviour issues at home or at school; has special educational needs, can benefit from this type of intervention.
Using a variety of creative methods, including: clay; sand; music; small world toys; stories; puppets; dance and drama, play therapy allows children to express their emotions and feelings in a safe way. The main language of a child is play, and many children find it difficult to talk about what they are feeling, especially when they are not always feeling happy.
Using non-directed play therapy allows a child to feel accepted and express their feelings without being rushed or hurried. It is not about ‘fixing’ a child, but giving them the tools to help them through this difficult time. A therapist cannot change the past, but they can help the child to grow more resilient and respect the child’s own ability to heal and grow if given the right support, tools and opportunity.
Qualifying in 2012 and having offered play therapy previously in schools and Children’s Centres, I now have a dedicated playroom, designed to maximise the therapeutic nature of play, situated in Mid Cornwall. Children are usually referred for a minimum of twelve 45 minute sessions. Referrals can be made by schools, statutory agencies and parents. I am certified and registered with PTUK (Play Therapy UK). I am also on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. You can be assured that the play therapy I offer is of the highest standard!
Play therapy has success rates of between 77% and 84% of making a positive change to a child, when using a practitioner trained to PTUK standards. This is based on evidence submitted in over 12,000 cases.