Play Therapy

The impact of early experiences on children’s frames of reference has a significant influence on their development. When these experiences are characterized by instability and distress, children show evidence of emotional or behavioural problems.

Children are not ‘small adults’ and they do not yet have the vocabulary and skills to work through their problems in the same manner as adults. Psychotherapeutic intervention is a valuable way to empower children to work through these difficulties in accordance to their developmental abilities.

Therapy for children from the age of 4 years is offered. Our psychologists work with a broad range of emotional, cognitive, development and psychiatric problems with which children may present. They use both non-directive and structured play therapy in their approach to children. The process works as follows: parents and guardians are invited to attend an intake session with the psychologist (your child does not come to this) at which the psychologist finds out more about your child and explains the process moving forward. This is followed by scheduling an appointment with the psychologist for them to see your child and start the process of play therapy. Regular feedback sessions are also scheduled throughout the play therapy process.

This has been shown to be highly effective in treating the following, although it is not limited to the following:

  • Bullying
  • Extreme Shyness
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Family Conflict, e.g. Divorce
  • Phobias & amp
  • Fears
  • Bedwetting
  • Bereavement & amp Grief
  • Trauma
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Anxiety

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