‘Birds fly, fish swim and children play’
Play Therapy provides children with the opportunity to explore their feelings, express complex emotions and begin to make sense of their life experiences through the medium of play.
Conventional talking therapies are generally unsuitable and inappropriate for children and young people as they struggle to put their complex feelings and emotions into words. Play Therapy gives the child a secure and safe environment to process these feelings alongside a trained Play Therapist.
Play is essential to children’s development, promoting not only language and social skills but physical, cognitive and emotional development. Play is seen as a child’s natural form of communication and can support them to explore and make sense of their experiences and sometimes complex emotions. Play Therapy provides children with the emotional support and safety to explore traumatic experiences and begin to develop strategies to help them cope in the future.
Play therapy promotes self-esteem and self-acceptance, play therapy is an enabling process that provides the child with the opportunity for positive inner growth and to self-direct change within themselves.
Who can Play Therapy help?
Play Therapy is an effective intervention for children who have experienced a range of challenges including:-
- Abuse and neglect
- Children who have attachment difficulties
- Divorce or parental separation
- Grief, loss and bereavement
- Domestic violence
- Low self-esteem and confidence issues
- Identity difficulties
- Physical impairments and learning disabilities
The outcomes of Play Therapy may include general reduction of anxiety, raising self-esteem, improved relations with family and friends and potentially specific behavioural changes.
Play Therapy cannot change the child’s life experiences but it can promote resilience and a more positive view of the world.
Play Therapy can be effective with all ages groups but is typically used with children aged between 3 and 14 years.
Luna Play Therapy is also able to provide Theraplay based interventions, Therapeutic life story work , Sensory Attachment Intervention and parenting support all based in a our playrooms in Taffs Well, Rhondda Cynon Taf.