Play Therapy West Cornwall offer one to one child led play sessions lasting 45 minutes per week with a recommended minimum of 12 sessions. Our service provides for children aged 3 years to 11 years. The sessions can be carried out at the clients' place of education or care during normal schooling hours (subject to agreement by the organisation) or at a private location during the early evening or weekends. We have the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and have up to date safeguarding training.
Virginia Axline establishished a non directive approach to child therapy creating eight principles which underpin most of our play therapy work today.
Violet Oaklander intergrated Gestalt theory along with a tool-kit of creative arts media to work as a child therapist.
In 1986, Mark Barnes combined Axline's principles with Oaklander's tool-kit and the beginning of play therapy was created.
In 2000 as a response to children failing to meet their full academic potential because of emotional, social behaviour and/or mental health problems, Monika Jephcott and Jeff Thomas founded The United Kingdom Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies Ltd (PTUK).
This professional organisation provides post graduate training for practitioners in using therapeutic play to help children with emotional literacy, behaviour and mental health problems. PTUK is regulated by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care.