Therapeutic Play Psychotherapy

Therapeutic Play

the foundation of children’s counselling

Therapeutic Play builds connection, safety and trust with the therapist. Research conducted by Play Therapy UK (Home – Play Therapy UK) suggests that only 8% of children choose to talk in therapy, resulting in the rest choosing creative and expressive play to communicate their struggles, feelings, thoughts, relationships, interpretations of experiences and the realities of their world.

Therapeutic Play integrated as the foundation of child’s counselling sessions has huge benefits in enabling children to explore what is troubling them in a non-confrontational way. The adult expectation of conveying feelings through words is not expected or required in this therapeutic approach- instead using sand play, clay, puppets, art, role play and toys to express a symbolic and metaphorical language to represent life and the difficulties they may be experiencing. This style of therapy helps children explore their individual experiences and responses to their world in a deeply meaningful but safe way, resulting in them feeling less overwhelmed and making things more manageable over time.

Integrative Therapeutic Play and Eco-Therapy

I create a tailored approach for your child through the use of Integrative, holistic and non-directive Therapeutic Play, combined with my Psychotherapy and Eco-Therapy work. I provide a safe space and positive regard for your child as they play creatively with my full acceptance. This will allow their inner world to unfold at their own pace and on their own terms.

Your child will also have the option to integrate Eco-Therapy into their sessions from a space in the garden on site. This is a nature-based therapy, still using symbols and metaphors to convey and explore the child’s inner world. Working creatively with nature either outdoors or indoors offers an opportunity to know peace, freedom, care and responsibility when connecting to the natural world. There is extensive research to support the benefits of integrating nature into therapy sessions, some of which include a decrease in stress, anxiety and overwhelming feelings and an increase in cognitive flexibility, resilience and attention.

Some of the things that Therapeutic Play Psychotherapy sessions can be beneficial for are:

WHAT SESSIONS WILL LOOK LIKE:

The Therapeutic Play Psychotherapy sessions I provide on a one-to-one basis make therapy available and accessible to children aged 5 – 13 and at all stages of development. These sessions cannot be rushed and therefore we will likely agree to a 16-week block of regular, weekly sessions. This will be reviewed at 8 weeks where we (the parent, child and I) will potentially agree to finish at 16 weeks or extend the therapy further. I work through the term time and often school holidays to ensure consistency for your child.

The sessions will remain confidential but I will discuss general themes, patterns or topics as they come up so you can help your child at home.

It is important that the parent is able to commit to supporting their child to attend regular, weekly sessions at the same time for the duration of the agreed period of therapy.

Your child will need to wear clothes and shoes that they are able to be messy in.

NEXT STEPS

If you feel that Integrated Therapeutic Play Counselling can support your child, please complete this short Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and email it to me.

This questionnaire is used by therapists to assess children’s mental health and identify needs so that we can ensure I can be the correct therapist for your child. It will also be used as a comparison after therapy to evaluate the outcomes, which will be all shared with you, the parent/carer.

In the email, please include a brief overview of how things are difficult or what your child is struggling with. I will ensure the SDQ is assessed and contact is made within 48 hours to arrange a free 15-minute phone chat.

After this, and if you decide that I could be the right therapist for your child, we will arrange to meet for the initial consultation. Please see the pricing page for more details.