- Painting and Drawing
- Therapeutic Stories
- Creative Visualisation
- Dance and Movement
As a Play Therapist I work to Play Therapist Virginia Axline’s principles. She said that the therapist;
- Must develop a warm and friendly relationship with the child.
- Accepts the child as she or he is.
- Establishes a feeling of permission in the relationship so that the child feels free to express his or her feelings completely.
- Is alert to recognise the feelings the child is expressing and reflects these feelings back in such a manner that the child gains insight into his/her behaviour.
- Maintains a deep respect for the child’s ability to solve his/her problems and gives the child the opportunity to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the child’s.
- Does not attempt to direct the child’s actions or conversations in any manner. The child leads the way, the therapist follows.
- Does not hurry the therapy along. It is a gradual process and must be recognised as such by the therapist.
- Only establishes those limitations necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make the child aware of his/her responsibility in the relationship.
Any child can benefit from Play Therapy as it promotes self-confidence, imagination, creativity, concentration, problem-solving skills, self-esteem and a sense of happiness. However clients also present with issues such as;
- Developmental delay
- Behavioral problems such as; bedwetting, sleep or eating problems
- Emotional difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or aggression
- Bereavement or loss
- Learning disabilities
- Difficulty with peer groups
There are a limited number of spaces available for reduced-cost Play Therapy, offered on a sliding scale and dependent on the client’s parent’s income.