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What is Play Therapy?

- a form of counselling​ or psychotherapy, in which play is used as a means of helping children express or communicate their feelings. Play Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies, and is commonly used to help children move forward from traumatic events or difficult periods in their lives. It is believed by many that Play Therapy is the most effective form of counselling for children, as they are not required to use language skills to communicate.

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Who could benefit from Play Therapy?


A child who is...

  • Not realising his/her academic or social potential
  • Has nightmares or has disturbed sleep
  • Is at risk of being, or is excluded from school
  • Has suffered trauma
  • Has suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • Is adopted or fostered or is in the process of being
  • Affected by separated/divorced parents
  • Suffers from anxiety, stress or phobias
  • Has suffered a loss or bereavement of any kind
  • Is withdrawn or continually unhappy
  • Is ill, disabled, or has learning difficulties
  • Finds it difficult to make friends, bullies others or is bullied
  • Displays inappropriate behaviour, or simply doesn’t play

Play therapy sessions last 50 minutes and can take place in the child's school, or in the Home Studio in Wootton.  Most children need a minimum of 8 sessions,  some far more, to help them cope with the challenges presenting.  Please contact me for an informal chat about whether play therapy is suitable for your child.

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