Play Therapy is the therapeutic use of play and expressive arts. It is a form of psychotherapy / counselling that facilitates expression through creative media. There are many people who may not readily have words to explain their circumstances, feelings and reasons behind their behaviour. For such individuals, it can be easier to express themselves through creative media and play.
Expressive Arts Therapy offers a space to freely express difficult feelings without a need for explanation. The therapeutic space provides emotional support during times of stress, offering a safe place to make sense of difficult events. The therapist offers a wide selection of creative resources and materials from which clients can choose. These include art materials, sand, clay, miniature figures, musical instruments, books, drama and movement props.
This form of therapy is a highly effective way of helping children who are dealing with parental conflict or separation; experiencing self-esteem issues or emotional difficulties such as anxiety; traumatized or have been abused; dealing with loss, death, or illness of a loved one. It is also a proven support for children with neurodiverse conditions such as: ADHD, Apraxia, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia.
The outcomes of attending sessions are an increase in coping skills, and improved behaviours such as those listed here: