Play is a vital part of every child's development. It allows children to learn about complex things before having sophisticated language. Play therapy provides an emotionally supportive environment in which the child can begin learning about their feelings, thoughts, and how to manage relationships appropriately. They sometimes play out traumatic or difficult life experiences and I then help them to make sense of the experience so that they cope better with them in the future.
The effects of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduce anxiety, improve confidence and raise self-esteem, or more specific such as a less frequent bedwetting, sleeping through the night, easier separations, and improved relations with family and friends.