In play therapy, children create play that resembles the difficult or traumatic experiences they are grappling with internally. Since play therapy works on the inside out, we work to build the capacities in the child that lead to improvement in behaviour and a decrease in symptoms such as acting out and aggression, somatic complaints, excessive fears and worries, withdrawal or regression.
Whether a child is struggling with impulsivity, friendship issues, anxiety, depression, loss, sensory overwhelm, sibling rivalry or fears, Play Therapy can help and extensive research supports the effectiveness of this therapeutic approach with children experiencing a range of emotional and behavioural problems.
Play therapy can promote resilience and coping skills, that are appropriate to the child’s age and developmental stage. These skills will help them:
- Develop insight and the ability to express thoughts, feelings and beliefs
- Learn how to express deep emotions while controlling their actions
- Develop the capacity to make appropriate choices and decisions
- Develop self control and self-responsibility
- Choose new behaviours or ways of being
- Feel in control of troubling situations
- Develop coping strategies
- Reduce anxieties
- Change unhelpful self talk
- Have a positive sense of self and of others
- Develop confidence and self reliance
- Increase their empathy and connection with others