Play Heals

Non-Directive Play Therapy

Non-Directive Play Therapy is child centred, can be an individual intervention or work in small groups.  It can be evaluated and it is suitable for a range of troubled children.  It normally requires a therapist, play materials and the use of a private room free of interruptions.  It works better with children from the age of 3 up to 15, but it is also a valid intervention for other ages (16+) with special needs or young people who might not feel comfortable with verbal communication.  Non-directive Play Therapy is also a valid experience for adults who work with children or young people and wish to connect with their inner child.

                                                                    

         Dolls' house and family figures                                                  Sand tray     

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a holistic approach using play as a means of 'helping' in a non invasive way the 'whole' child.  By this I mean: the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects of a child.  This understanding is open to the conscious and unconscious, the past, the present and the future. 

What does a Play Therapist do?

Basically a Play Therapist provides a safe space for the child to express his/her feelings and then reflects them back in a way that make sense to the child.  Play is the medium that comes naturally to the child and the relationship between the child and the therapist or therapeutic alliance is at the centre of the healing process.