Play fosters a good mood and is essential for our everyday lives. It is interactive and stimulating, relieves our stress and helps us to manage our emotions.
Adolescents and adults can receive play therapy but it is best suited for children aged 3-12 years old. During play therapy, the therapist structures play for the child which helps them think about themselves and how they interact with the world. Play is used as a form of escapism from the child’s problems so that they can address their troubling thoughts and emotions. Play therapy is used treat a wide range of issues including anger issues, trauma, ADHD, autism, the aftermath of divorce and more.
What does play therapy teach?
- effective behaviour
- different ways of interacting with others
- respect and empathy for others
- confidence and independence
- problem-solving skills
- effective communication skills
- how to express feelings and emotions
Parents or guardians are continuously contacted throughout the process and are occasionally invited to play sessions for therapeutic benefit of the child.
More information about play therapy can be found from the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).