Play allows the child to communicate in a non verbal, symbolic and action oriented way.


There are many different benefits to play therapy.

  • Play therapy helps build a child's self esteem as well as their social, emotional and cognitive development
  • It helps a child to reach their full potential and develop resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Play allows children to communicate in their own way. They may not always have the words to talk about issues as adults do, to describe their thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
  • Play helps children build healthy relationships
  • It helps a child gain confidence and resolve problems
  • The enlargement of a young child's language capacity often occurs as an indirect result of non-directive play therapy.
  • Play also facilitates brain development and the activation of the brain's play system which is important to living life well.
Who can play therapy help?

Any child can benefit from play therapy. It promotes creativity, self esteem, self confidence, concentration, communication, problem solving skills, emotional intelligence and happiness.

Play therapy is useful for all children as it helps them to make sense of the world and helps them to reach their highest potential.

Possible reasons for referrals:

  • Family disruptions such as marital separation or divorce

  • Emotional, social or behavioural issues

  • Anxiety

  • Separation difficulties

  • Low self esteem

  • Delayed development or uneven development

  • Bullying

  • ADD, ADHD and Autism

  • Poor play skills

  • Selective Mutism

  • Learning difficulties

  • Communication difficulties

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Illnesses or hospitisation

  • Trauma

  • Fostering or adoption

  • Bereavement

  • Abuse or neglect

  • Attachment and bonding issues



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