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Play Therapy: What is it?

Children have an incredible ability to express themselves and make sense of their world through play. Play is not just a pastime, it’s a natural language for kids. Much like when you go into a therapy session as an adult, and you communicate through talking. Child-centered play therapy harnesses this innate capacity for self-expression to help children overcome challenges, cope with emotions, and foster personal growth.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy specifically designed for children. It recognises that children often struggle to articulate their feelings and concerns verbally, which is where play becomes a powerful tool for communication. By creating a safe and structured play environment therapists can engage children in therapeutic activities that facilitate self-expression, healing and personal development.

What are some benefits of Play Therapy?

Emotional Expression: Play therapy enables children to express their emotions, even those they may find difficult to articulate. This fosters a deeper understanding of their feelings.

Healing and Recovery: Play therapy helps children process traumatic experiences, cope with loss, and build resilience. It offers a safe space for them to work through their emotions.

Self-Esteem and Confidence: As Children gain self-awareness and problem-solving skills, their self-esteem and confidence can grow, which can have a positive impact on various areas of their lives.

Enhances Communication: Play therapy can improve a child’s communication skills, helping them express themselves more effectively, which can lead to healthy relationships.

By recognising and respecting a Child’s natural inclination to play, therapists can facilitate healing, personal growth, and emotional well-being. Every child is unique, and the choice of the approach depends on their individual needs and circumstances. In the end, what remains consistent is the power of play to heal and help children thrive. Although play therapy is mostly used with children aged between 3-12 years of age, it can also be beneficial for adults. Studies have proven that play therapy is beneficial for adults with intellectual disabilities, as it assists them to discover what their physical and emotional strengths are in relation to their disabilities.

If you are interested to know more about how play therapy could look for your child, please give us a call or email at

About the author:

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Jasmin Ryan

Jasmin has worked as a counsellor for 4+ years, and has a special interest in play therapy. Jasmin has found play therapy to be significantly effective for children with trauma and ASD, and values the connections she is able to make with them in the play room. She enjoys working with all ages, but particularly clients aged 3-16, however, you are never to old to release your inner child!

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