Why is Play Therapy effective for children?

Why is Play Therapy effective for children?

If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.

Children experiencing trauma are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the means to understand what is happening, how to process the trauma, and their ability to vocalise and communicate their trauma may be limited or non-existent. They are too young to have developed the coping mechanisms to deal with their trauma or stress. Read more

Play Therapy is fun with a purpose

Play Therapy is fun with a purpose

Some people may think that Play Therapy is just children playing with toys and having fun, but it’s important to note that play is a form of communication and used for learning. Even young animals like lion cubs engage in play to learn the skills they need to function properly when they mature. As adults, we can sometimes forget how important and effective play is in the learning process.

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Is Play Therapy just fun and games?

Is Play Therapy just fun and games?

Some people may think that Play Therapy is just children playing with toys and having fun, but it’s important to note that play is a form of communication and used for learning. Even young animals like lion cubs engage in play to learn the skills they need to function properly when they mature. As adults, we can sometimes forget how important and effective play is in the learning process.

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Can Play Therapy help children?

Can Play Therapy help children?

If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.

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Is Play Therapy appropriate for a very young child?

Is Play Therapy appropriate for a very young child?

A common concern among parents and care takers of young children is that their child may need help in some way. Maybe it is due to a significant trauma experienced by the child, looming family crisis, or other stressors that have overwhelmed the child. Considering counselling and therapy for the child is always a big consideration; one that is often fraught with fear, and possibly even shame. Read more

What types of issues are dealt with in Play Therapy?

What types of issues are dealt with in Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that allows children experiencing loss, trauma, emotional, or behavioural issues to open up their emotions in a safe space. This safe, play space is where they are allowed to face their thoughts and emotions nonverbally through play. It can help ameliorate effects of the child’s deeper emotional issues, and helps them to deal with stress and anxiety.

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