Play therapy is different from regular play because the therapist helps a child address and resolve their own problems. Play provides a safe psychological distance from a child’s problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings. Through play, therapists can help children learn more adaptive behaviours when there are emotional or social skills deficits. Children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies.
Play therapy at Play Therapy Melbourne is utilised with Children and Adolescents aged 2-13 and usually occurs in weekly sessions. Some children may improve faster, while others may have more serious or ongoing problems that may take longer to resolve. Play therapy works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
Play therapy is effective with children experiencing life stressors, such as relocation, hospitalisation, chronic illness, abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters. Therapeutic play and can be used with children dealing with: