Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses play to help children deal with emotional and/or mental health issues. Some children may lack the skills needed to put their thoughts and feelings into words. By using play, they are able to explore and share their feelings with the therapist.
Play therapy often looks like it’s just about playing with toys. However, it is being used as a communication tool to help them understand and deal with the emotional distress they are experiencing. Through play therapy, the children may re-enact scenarios in order to help them understand them better and learn how to cope in the future. You will be able to see improvements in the child’s well-being and a reduction in behavioural and emotional difficulties that have been interfering with his/her daily functioning.
Play therapy can help children to:
- Identify and express emotions in a healthy and constructive manner
- Learn and practice problem-solving skills
- Gain more confidence through self-expression
- Enhance their creativity
- Developing better interpersonal skills