Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet” – Virginia Axline
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play to support children with a variety of emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties. Emotional responses and experiences can be complex concepts and our children do not always have the cognitive or language skills to work through these verbally. Play therapy provides them with a space to express themselves and explore their concerns without having to verbalise them. Play therapy can support children to enhance their communication with others, express their feelings, explore and learn alternative behaviours, and develop and practice problem-solving skills. Play therapy can assist with a variety of difficulties, including: Anxiety, depression, trauma and grief
Difficulties relating to self-confidence, peer pressure, anger and aggression
Difficulties relating to social skills and interactions
Issues relating to identify development
Researchers have found clear evidence that children who experience traumatic events in early childhood are impacted well beyond their youth. Mental health disorders as well as alcohol and substance abuse emerge intermittently with age. Changes in brain functioning and physical health issues are also associated with early childhood trauma.