Play therapy/psychotherapy helps children to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings, and make sense of their life experiences. Our psychologists may see children and young people individually or with other family members. The therapeutic relationship is developed through talking or play, depending on age.
Play is a natural activity of learning, exploration and communication for children, and it is considered highly effective for helping children to ‘play out’ what they may find difficult to put into words.
Our team are able to help with some of the following problems:
- Children who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
- Children who are dealing with parental separation, divorce or conflict.
- Children who have witnessed domestic violence.
- Traumatised children who have experienced sexual, emotional or physical abuse.
- Children dealing with stressful life experiences such as loss, illness or death of a loved one.
- Children who have experienced a serious accident or disaster.
The first session will typically involve an assessment, in which the child’s parent or carer talks to the therapist about their concerns.