What does a Play Therapist do?
Play Therapists receive extensive training in subjects such as child development and attachment (the bonding process). As play is a child's natural form of expression, play therapists use play as a means for understanding and communicating with children about feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
We will begin by carefully listening to your concerns about your child and family. In also reviewing history and exploring the stresses and difficulties the family has been through we can help your child make sense of it in the play room. Play therapists may ask to seek information from their school and other significant adults in their lives. An assessment is made of your child's strengths as well as their difficulties.
Your child's Play Therapist will talk with you about what to tell your child about their Play Therapy and how to anticipate and answer your child's questions. They may work as part of a team of other professionals or independently and may suggest a referral for other professional intervention as part of the support. This might include support for you.