Play Therapy is an approach that helps children of Primary School age work through and make sense of troubling feelings and situations. Primarily an emotional and behavioral intervention, Play Therapy provides the child with a space to explore and express through play - a child's natural language - facilitated by the safety of the therapeutic relationship. The Play Therapist will seek to emotionally support the child as they try and understand their thoughts and feelings at their own pace. Play Therapy can help children learn to accept themselves and others, leading to positive effects on relationships with their peers, their teachers, and their families. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the suitability of Play Therapy for your child.
The Association for Play Therapy (based in the US) explore the effectiveness of Play Therapy interventions in their Evidence-Based Practice Statement.
More information about Play Therapy can be found on the BAPT website.
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is a structured 10 session filial therapy model intervention that works with parents in a supportive group setting to teach them the basic skills of child-centred play therapy. Equipping the parent with these skills enables them to conduct their own regular play sessions with their children as the relationship between parent and child is more significant in the child’s life than that of the child and therapist. CPRT teaches parents to identify and respond to their children's feelings, use reflective and active listening skills, set effective boundaries, and augment their children's self-esteem.
CPRT is also a good intervention for helping child-parent relationships that are already positive. It can enable parents to support their children through difficult experiences or life events. It has been effective for: parents with step children, parents with fostered or adopted children, families affected by physical or mental illness, and children recovering from abuse or trauma. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the suitability of this approach.