What is Play Therapy and How Does it Help?
- Play therapy is the utilising of a variety of play and creative mediums in a safe environment with a qualified therapist. There are a number of different versions of play therapy to deal with children’s particular problems.
- Play promotes healing and growth and helps children to achieve their potential in life or move towards empowerment and resolution.
- Play provides an inner sense of competence and control. New decisions, actions and behaviours can be practiced. Art and play are intrinsically valuable as they promote all areas of development. They motivate, engage and stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, promote relationships and build confidence and self esteem while also being enjoyable and fun.
Who Can Attend
Play Therapy is suitable for children aged between 3 and 16 years of age. Adolescents can choose which creative materials they prefer, for example, Art.
Play Therapy can help with the following issues and many more:
- Attachment and Trauma
- Anxiety, Behavioural Difficulties and School Related Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Abuse such as Physical
- Emotional, Sexual and Neglect
- Impact of Parental Separation
- Impact of Domestic Violence
- Anger Management
- Low self Esteem
- Sibling Rivalry
- Family Illness
- Sleep Problems
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- “Not only did Sorcha help my son through a difficult patch, she helped me as well. I will always be grateful for her taking the time to reassure my son that everything would be OK.”
- Mother of boy aged 7 referred for support following traumatic incident.
- “We have witnessed extremely positive results from Sorcha’s sessions. Children attending for Play Therapy with Sorcha are reaching the goals set out for them with confidence and in an appropriate way. Sorcha’s work is invaluable for these children and she has a great camaraderie with them”
- Principal of a National School in North County Dublin.