“In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language”
Gary Landreth What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is "a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, using play as the main communication tool." (BAPT website www.bapt.info
Play Therapy utilises play and creative activities to externalise thoughts and feelings to allow a child/young person to work through anxieties, confusing emotions and past experiences at their own pace. It builds confidence and encourages self-esteem and emotional regulation as the child/young person shares their internal world in a method they feel most comfortable with.
Creative therapy provides opportunities for the child/young person to build a trusting rapport with a client-centred therapist who supports the child/young person to develop their problem-solving ability and emotional management within a safe environment.
Play is the natural medium through which children learn, communicate and explore. Play Therapy helps children to explore and understand the feelings that distress them and to make sense of their life experiences in the presence of a trained therapist.