The therapist forms a short to medium term therapeutic relationship and often works systemically taking into account and perhaps dealing with the social environment of the clients (peers, siblings, family, school etc).
Play therapy may be non-directive (where the child decides what to do in a session, within safe boundaries, directive (where the therapist leads the way) or a mixture of the two. Play therapy is particularly effective with children who cannot, or do not want to talk about their problems.
Who will benefit:
- Aggression and acting-out behaviour
- Traumatic effects such as accidents or victims of abuse
- Loss (bereavement) - this can include loss of family unit due to divorce.
- Attachment problems - the child is having difficulties connecting to his/her parents/peers
Play therapy is not a cure or an answer. It is an active therapeutic approach where the therapist uses play to communicate with children in a way that they understand best.
The therapist uses play therapy techniques to gather, organize and evaluate information in order to form a holistic view of the child's world/needs. With this information the therapist and the parents can develop perspective into the needs of the child, making effective recommendations and creating intervention plans, which is a valuable tool in understanding your child's needs.