What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is where you come to a play room and work together with a person called a Play Therapist through playing to sort out any difficulties you are experiencing. The play room will have sand and figurines, arts and crafts materials, stories, miniatures, puppets, musical instruments, role play toys and much more to choose from. It is up to you what you choose to play with. It is also ok to just talk if you wish.
Why am I Going to Play Therapy?
Usually a child comes to Play Therapy if there is something happening in their life that they are finding difficult to manage all by themselves. Sometimes when this happens your feelings can seem very big. Play Therapy allows you a space to sort out these feelings and find a way to help yourself to feel better. The Play Therapist will sometimes work with your parents to find a way for them to help you to feel better too.
How Long Do I Go For?
That depends. Some children come for 8 weeks, some children come for a few months and some for longer. Your Play Therapist will talk to you about this at the beginning and during your work and will decide together with you and your parents what is best for you.
Is it Private?
Yes. The Play Therapist does not discuss what you are doing in the play room with anyone else unless there is a risk to your safety. It is ok for you to talk to other children or adults about what you do in the play room if you wish.