Play and creativity are instinctual and natural to children and young people and are used to communicate, learn and develop an understanding of the world.
- Play Therapy uses play and creativity, in order to enable expression , exploration of thoughts and feelings and to make sense of life experiences.
- Play Therapy uses creative arts as well as other forms of play which access unconscious as well as conscious processes.
- Children up to early teenage years do not always have the emotional language skills or the ability to understand how this has affected their inner world, in the sessions a trained therapist reflects the underlying intentions and emotions back to the child or young person who gains better awareness of their inner world.
- Play therapy’s child-centred approach enables better resilience and well-being so that confidence is gained in navigating life’s ups and downs and to have a more positive view of their place in the world.
- A Play Therapist’s ‘tool kit’ combines a range of carefully selected “tools” and creative materials in order for children to express themselves in any way they choose.