Therapeutic Play Therapy

I am not a play therapist, but I hold a post graduate certificate from Nottingham university which was developed in conjunction with the NSPCC. This certificate built advanced therapeutic knowledge and play skills that enable me to work therapeutically with children and young people. 

This is drawn from child-centred play therapy. The three core elements of person-centred approach with children through play congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy. Axline (1947) expanded these concepts through the natural medium of play as a means of self-expression. Creative mediums are be used in play such as sand, water, art and so forth as an expression of communication.

How does it help?

It is child led and helps children feel safe. play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas, and interests, in their own way for their own reasons and enhances children to resolve their difficulties. It can also involve a child and parent to enhance their attachment bond.


Playful and relational connection is the key to communication

Sessions are either face to face or online, the first session will be part of an initial assessment and relationship building