“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” – Froebel.
Play Therapy has proved to be effective with people of all ages, helping to address adversity and trauma arising from many different circumstances. Children use play as their main communication to express their feelings and deal with emotional problems.
Playing with a skilled and qualified play therapist brings additional healing through the trust and acceptance embedded in the relationship between therapist and child.
Every child is unique and special so play therapy sessions at The Windfall Centre are non-directive; allowing the child to lead the play which the therapist follows closely; sometimes playing with the child (by invitation), sometimes carefully observing the child’s play and themes. Occasionally more structured activities are included to help children look at specific concerns or if they become stuck with a difficult problem.
Many of the children or young people we see experience problems with feelings and emotions that cause disruption in their lives and the lives of those around them. This may stem from challenges arising from abuse, trauma, bereavement and loss or domestic abuse. Or it may be the result of life events like family breakdown, a new sibling, or difficulties in school or with friends. Play therapy can help with all these.
Due to its emphasis on non-verbal communication and the child led process it is also ideally suited for young children or those from different cultures with different first languages as well as those with learning and sensory impairments.
We work closely with parents and carers from our initial meeting to regular reviews throughout the programme. Additionally, your child’s therapist may be available outside of session times to offer guidance and advice. Similarly, professional referrers are kept informed and involved.