Play allows children to express feelings, explore relationships and experience self-fulfilment
Play is essential to human growth, development, learning and cultivating relationships. Play is a natural process that:
- Builds trust and mastery
- Fosters learning and acceptable behaviours
- Regulates emotions
- Reduces anxieties
- Promotes creative thinking and problem-solving
- Encourages open communication
- Elevates spirit and self-esteem
Play is our first language.
Adults use words to communicate, children use play. When we play we express thoughts and feelings that would otherwise remain hidden.
Why Play Therapy?
"In Play Therapy, the most troubling problems can be confronted and lasting resolution can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and become lifelong strategies." Sandra Russ, Ph.D.
Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best patents are actively involved in the treatment process.
In Non-Directive Child-Centered Play Therapy, the therapist enters the world of the child, following the child’s lead, developing a safe place and a relationship of trust. It is here the child can express thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours through play, as the child’s natural language.
Play allows children to re-enact frightening real life events through the use of toys, this narrative is often unaccessible to the child on a verbal level, this re-enactment is important because it provides a way for children to control in fantasy what is unmanageable in reality.
Through this process children develop an understanding of self, social, emotional, relational, and problem-solving skills and strategies, gaining psychological insight all which leads to healing, self discovery and growth.
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