How Play Therapy Helps
As the play therapy approach gives the child space to allow whatever is there to unfold, the outcome is not directed and no agenda is placed on the child. As a result the outcomes of Play Therapy may be general such as a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends. What is often the main outcome of play therapy is that the child feels better as they have had the opportunity to externalise their inner feelings.
Play Therapists believe that play and creativity is a child’s natural medium of self-expression. This “language” is very familiar for the child and is how they make sense of their experiences and the world around them. Play Therapy helps children to communicate experiences and feelings that they may have had that they are unable to vocalise. Play therapy can help acknowledge feelings in constructive ways and can help find strategies for coping with difficulties.
Play Therapy allows children to learn how to problem solve and take initiative in a safe and controlled environment. Play can be used to establish and build relationships, Play Therapy can help children understand limits and boundaries
Some children can have a course of therapy and the referring issue can be healed for them in a few months, or they can need a few courses of therapy as they grow and come to understand their experiences on different developmental levels, and this is very normal too. Play Therapy is recommended for primary school age children, as talking therapies such as counselling becomes more appropriate for secondary school age children.