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A child's primary way of communicating is through play and therefore when working with children, it is lovely to connect with them through various forms of play.  By incorporating elements of art, sand tray techniques, storytelling and role play, one can gain insight into the child's experiences and one is able engage with them on their level.

Before starting with a child, I like to meet with either one or both of the parents or caregivers to gain a good understanding of what you believe your child to be struggling with. This will also help me understand the family structure and the home life of the child before beginning therapy.

 

Children generally enjoy coming to play therapy; experiencing it as a safe space to explore their emotions and develop important emotional regulatory skills, as well as to build resilience.
 

Please see common issues arising in children below. 

  • Adjustment issues

  • Changing families

  • Fighting

  • Bullying

  • Identity issues

  • Unhappy at school

  • Friendship issues

  • Social skills

  • Anger issues

  • Developmental issues / delays

  • Bad dreams

  • Attachment issues

  • Fears and worries

  • Schoolwork stress

  • Social media and gaming addiction

  • Grief and loss

  • Trauma

  • Behavioural problems

Is your child irritable often, tearful or angry a lot of the time?  Do they seem to have stopped enjoying activities which used to excite them?  Are they struggling to concentrate at school or at home?  Perhaps there are declines in their school marks or performance.  Or maybe they are struggling with eating or sleeping patterns.
Are they often complaining of a sore tummy or a headache when they don't want to do something?

As a parent, it can be easy to overlook these things but if your child is experiencing some of the above, then you should seriously consider seeking support.