Play Therapy

Questions about Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy? Play therapy is to children what counselling is to adults. Play Therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.

Can I watch my child in Play Therapy? Just as a counsellor who works with adults keeps the information shared in sessions confidential, your child's Play Therapist will keep the information from their sessions confidential (exceptions apply). However, they will meet with you periodically to discuss your child's play in general themes, hear your concerns, and talk about any questions you may have related to your child's progress in Play Therapy.

What toys are in a play room and why? Toys are carefully selected for the Play Therapy room to facilitate creative and emotional expression from children. The types of toys used can be played with in many ways allowing the child to express themselves freely. The toys are very durable and sturdy to allow for repeated use and rough play.

Why Play Therapy? Play Therapy is an option for children who are having difficulties coping with life situations. Though children may not be able to express themselves fluently with words, they are fluent in the language of play. Play Therapy allows them to express themselves in the way in which they are most comfortable.

Does my child need Play Therapy? Throughout their lives, most children go through difficult times and some children need more help than others to get through them. If you or other adults in your child's life are concerned about your child or their behaviour, play therapy may help.

How long does a child receive Play Therapy? The number of sessions varies from child to child and depends upon the nature of the presenting issue, the child's personality, and the child's perception. Each session is approximately fifty-five minutes long and is either weekly or fortnightly depending on the needs of the individual child.

What's the difference between Play Therapy and playing with my child at home? Our Therapists are specifically trained to provide an environment of acceptance, empathy and understanding. Play Therapy uses the child's natural tendency to "play out" their reactions to life situations, in the presence of a trained Therapist. This can help the child to feel accepted and understood, and gain a sense of control or understanding of difficult situations.