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. 

Who is it for?

Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy is suitable for primary aged children, but can also be used with older students and young people. It can be held on a 1:1 basis or can be used with groups of up to 4 children who share similar issues.

There are many reasons a child or young person may be referred for individual 1:1 Play Therapy sessions including: anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, loss of confidence, withdrawn, difficulties in regulation, aggression/anger, family breakdown, continued unhappiness, school refusal.

Staff in schools have a unique perspective on individuals and groups of children in their care and can identify difficulties and changes early on]





If you know a child or young person who:

  • Has nightmares or disturbed sleep?
  • Is at risk or is excluded from school?
  • Struggles with mental health issues?
  • Has suffered trauma?
  • Has suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect?
  • Is adopted or fostered?
  • Has separated/divorced parents and are not coping?
  • Suffers with stress, phobias or anxiety?
  • Has suffered loss or bereavement or any kind?
  • Has had experience of domestic abuse, substance or alcohol abuse within the home?
  • Is withdrawn or continually unhappy?
  • Is not coping with change (change of environment/place, language/ school etc)?
  • Is ill, disabled, in hospital, or has a long term health issue?
  • Finds it difficult to make friends?
  • Quarrels frequently with peers or siblings?
  • Bullies others or is bullied themselves?
  • Displays inappropriate behaviour?
  • Who displays low confidence?
  • Who has depression?
  • Doesn’t play or has delayed play development?
  • Has emotional or behavioural problems?
  • Has communication problems or delayed language skills?
  • Has Asperger’s or Autism?
  • Has attachment issues?

Please contact Sarah at Creative-Me for more information.