What is Play Therapy?
Generally for children ages 4 to 13, play therapy is a form of Counselling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys–such as playhouses and dolls–to understand the child’s behaviour and identify issues. Children do not have to be verbal to engage in play therapy as play is the communication tool.
Play therapy is particularly useful in helping children develop self awareness as well as emotional awareness. Our play therapist will work with your child to ensure they develop greater emotional regulation skills. Have a look below for some techniques our play therapist may use to help your child.
Client Focus Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6) Children (6 to 10) Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Expressive arts therapy is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy on the basis that people can heal through use of imagination and creativity. Expressive arts therapy would include art therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and writing therapy.
Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction. The therapist is there to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.
Our therapy area is a safe and welcoming space. Children are given the space to express themselves without feeling any pressure. After all there are here to “play”!
Working with Parents
When we work with the child it is a one-one-one session with just the child and the therapist. However, we keep parents apprised about their child’s progress on a regular basis and provide strategies and tips for continuing work at home as needed.