What is Play Therapy?

 

"Play therapy is a way of helping troubled children cope with difficult life events. Play therapy is used as the medium of communication because it is the way children make sense of their world."

- Ann Cattanch -

 

Children love to play. They are experts at play.

 

It is through play that children often develop and organise their thoughts and feelings about themselves and how they will manage the world they find themselves in.

 

Play therapy is a way of helping troubled children cope with aspects of their world that are causing them to feel distressed. Play is used as a medium of communication between the child and play therapist.

 

In a safe and comfortable environment and maintaining an appropriate and therapeutic relationship, the child and the therapist play together using toys. The play therapist encourages and helps the child to express and explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.