Play Therapy For Children

Play Therapy is for children, adolescents and families facing adjustment to losses, transitions and changes in life situation, maladaptive and destructive patterns of behaviour and communication.

How Can Child Therapy Help Your Child?

Play is the primary means for children to understand and “make-meaning” of their experiences. Child-Centred Play Therapy is theoretically grounded in attachment, behavioural, cognitive behavioural, psychoanalytic theory and is research-based. Play therapy has been effective with children that have social-emotional concerns.

Child-centred play therapy provides enormous power for children and young persons who have limited power to change their circumstances (Axline, 1947).

 


 

Common Situations that bring children into therapy

  1. Sudden and unexpected death of a loved one
  2. Prolonged separation from one or both parents or care-giver
  3. School- related stress
  4. Adjustment difficulties at school, home, and due to relocation
  5. Traumatic experiences
  6. Bullying
  7. Divorce/ separation/ remarriage in the family

Common behaviours that indicate a child may need help

  1. Anxious
  2. Depressed/ Easily agitated and irritable
  3. Angry
  4. Sad
  5. Withdrawn
  6. Stressed
  7. Acting-out
  8. Low in self-confidence
  9. Underachieving

Parents who have brought their children for play therapy share that they notice growth and improvements in the child and their relationships.

Children were observed to have:

  1. Increased self-regulation
  2. Improved mastery of strengths
  3. Developed better self-control
  4. Understanding their own emotional needs
  5. More forthcoming in expressing their feelings
  6. Less anxious and aggressive
  7. More meaningful and lasting relationships


 

Research has shown that play therapy has been used with some measure of success with school-going aged children with conduct disorders, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/ hyperactive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, attention and hyperactivity, aggressive behaviour and children at risk have shown improvements in self-efficacy. With help, your child can start to believe in himself and his abilities to effect positively the people and world around him.