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What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, using play as the main communication tool. It helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.

How can Play Therapy help my child?

Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people, including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult. In Play Therapy children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.

How long does Play Therapy last?

Following an initial assessment session with parents or carers, your child will be offered 12 sessions of Play Therapy. Each session lasts 45 minutes.