Play Therapy

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play
than in a year of conversation"
Richard Lingard
The healing power of play​

Play not only helps children and young people in their social, physical and cognitive development; it also has a therapeutic value.  While talking therapies might be appropriate for adults, children often don't have the emotional literacy to talk about their feelings and worries.  Play is their natural way of expressing themselves and working through their issues.

In Play Therapy the therapist creates a safe environment within which the child is free to play with very few limitations.  The playroom offers a variety of different play and creative media, including sand, clay, art, puppets, musical instruments etc. 


Sessions typically last 45 minutes and the child/young person chooses how they wish to spend the time. 


Play Therapy is client-led and works on the basis that the child has the innate ability to heal herself/himself- the therapist facilitates this process by creating a safe and trusting environment and by reflecting and responding to the client's play.

Play Therapy
Who can benefit from Play Therapy?

Play therapy can help with:

  • Low confidence and self-esteem

  • Family problems

  • Behavioural difficulties

  • Emotional difficulties

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement/Loss

  • Divorce/Separation

  • Abuse and neglect

  • Social relationships

  • Anger issues

  • Trauma