Play Therapy for Children
Play therapy is used primarily for children. It uses play as a way for children to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through this method, therapists can indirectly allow the child to lead the sessions. This process reveals and reflects the child’s behaviour back in such a way that the child can confront their own behaviour, giving the therapist a powerful diagnostic tool to determine the cause for any issues.
This type of therapy can be beneficial for children who have difficulty processing their emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. Play therapy allows the child a safe space within the ‘playroom’ to express their emotions nonverbally.
It is one of the most effective methods for children suffering from PTSD or trauma. However, it can be used to help children in many other ways such as improving confidence, taking more responsibility for certain behaviours and developing creative problem solving skills as well as empathy and respect for others.
At Us, we have experienced psychologists who are trained in play therapy to work with your child’s difficulties and gain insights into their problems. Our therapists can then help your child explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma. Through different types of play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviors.
For more information on these types of play please refer to the following link: https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/types-of-play#_noHeaderPrefixedContent