Some clients prefer a non-talking therapy. They may be very young for example or simply don’t feel ready to talk about their experiences.
Their distress has shown itself in outward behaviors. Young children like to be active and play therapy is better suited to their needs than a sedentary counselling conversation. Play in the natural language of communication for a child.
Play therapy has been clinically shown to benefit children suffering from a range of distress and emotional disturbance. With my training and play therapy skills I will spend time with the client building up a trusting relationship through creative media.
We use creative approaches including sand trays and art to help the client explore their feelings, thoughts or behaviors under the surface. The child will make connections into their own world through play which they would struggle to make verbally.
By doing this in a safe, therapeutic environment in which the child is contained the therapist is able to help the child connect with the emotional experiences they struggle to deal with.
It is a child-centered and non-directive approach which moves at the speed of the client.