Play Therapy

West Cornwall

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Why do children play?


What is Play Therapy?


Signs and symptoms


How we can





Is your child struggling to reach their full potential?


Your child may have experienced an upsetting time which has caused the child to experience a wide range of unhappy and confusing emotions. Through play therapy the child will find relief from stress and find ways to gain strength to build friendships with others. Play therapy helps children to learn to cope and deal with their emotions.

Why do children play?


Play offers children a way to explore and express their thoughts and feelings. Play is children's natural way of learning lessons about life which cannot be taught to them. All children, regardless of age, gender or culture benefit from having the chance to play. It helps children to learn, communicate and develop their personalilties. Play offers children an opportunity to express their feelings without the need to use words. It supports children to make sense of their own life experiences.


What is Play Therapy?


Providing a range of toys and creative art materials (for example, musical instruments, paints, pastels and crayons) the child has the freedom to play within a safe environment. the play therapist spends time building a trusting and respectful relationship with the child. The play therapist provides helpful ways of coping with difficulties the child may be facing in their life which they themselves are unable to change. helping the child to build resilience. These positive experiences build the child's confidence and sense of self worth allowing for healing to occur without the use of medication.


Signs and symptoms


Children with the following conditions could benefit from play therapy:-


  • Unauthorised Absences
  • Under Performing - Academically / Socially
  • Withdrawn Personality
  • Bullied / Bullies
  • Nightmares
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Poor School Attendance
  • Divorced Parents
  • Social Exclusion
  • Anger Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autistic Spectrum
  • Berevement / Loss
  • ADHD
  • Communication Problems
  • Delayed Development
  • Trauma
  • Abuse


How we can help


Play therapy is a form of person centred counselling that uses the process of play to communicate with and help children to express and alleviate emotional anxieties and disturbances. The relationship built between the child and the therapist provides an opportunity for the child to express their experiences and feelings, enabling the child to acknowledge and accept themselves and others allowing for self healing to occur.

It is believed that one in five children have a psychological problem.