Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a form of therapy used with children 
between the ages of 3 and 12 although some Play Therapy skills can be integrated with teenagers and adults.  Play Therapy enables children to explore their feelings and express themselves and to make sense of their life experiences.  Play is children’s natural way of learning, communicating and exploring their world.  Talking therapies may be inappropriate for children, young people and even some adults as they may struggle to put their feelings into words.
The Therapy Room (Therapeutic Space)
There are a variety of toys for the children to play with as well as resources to include art, music and drama therapy.  The child will take the lead and chose what they want to play with and in any way they like, with the exception that both are safe and comfortable and that no toys are broken on purpose.  The child will have no demands on them and will be allowed to explore and share any or all of their 
feelings and thoughts through their play.
Confidentiality in the Play Room
Everything shared between the child and the Play Therapist is strictly confidential and will only be shared between the Play Therapist and the clinical supervisor (who will have no contact with the child).  The Play Therapist will not share any information about the child with anyone else unless harmful feelings or thoughts of danger to themselves or others appears in the play.  If the child tells the Play Therapist that they are being harmed in any way they will report it to the appropriate agency. This is to protect the child and make them feel safe and content within the therapeutic environment.  However if a parent wishes to discuss any concerns, they are welcome to do so in a private appointment between them and the Play Therapist.
Who Comes For Play Therapy?
Play Therapy can help many issues that affect a child’s behaviour and quality of life.  Some examples are:
*  Loss/Bereavement     *  Anxiety          * Separation/divorce
*  Abuse *  Trauma          *  Attachment
*  Fostered/Adopted     *  Self Harm           *  Chronic Illnesses
*  Special Educational Needs, e.g. Aspergers Syndrome, Autism  
When and Where is each Session Held?
Usually each session will be the same day and time every week and will be an hour duration with fifty minutes of therapy. I am based in Cwmbran.

How Many Sessions?
On average Play Therapy can take up to fifteen sessions.  However each child has individual needs and may require longer therapy.

After Each Session
Play Therapy can be a difficult time for your child as they may be processing difficult emotions, so it is advisable not to ask them about the session.  If they volunteer 
information about the session it is important to support them by listening and affirming them.  Just like when we go to a doctor the medication they give may have side 
affects, like wise your child’s behaviour could get worse 
before it gets better, as they may be confronting difficult 
So What Now?
If you have any concerns after a session please discuss it with me in a private meeting and not in front of your child.
If you believe your child would benefit from Play Therapy or you want to discuss this further please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. 
Susan Cullingford