What is play therapy

Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach used with children and adults to help them process their feelings about difficult life experiences that are affecting them. Using Play and creativity allows a non-verbal way of processing past experiences or traumatic events in a safe, contained therapeutic environment. In childhood, play is a natural process of communication and a vital part of growth and development. Throughout the life span, playfulness and communication is crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Play therapy clients range from 3 -100 and find Play therapy useful if they are distanced from their feelings, and may find it too upsetting to talk about painful experiences, and would find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies such as counselling or psychotherapy.

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