Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play therapy may be applied to children between the ages of 3 and 12. Children do not have the language or abstract thinking ability to express themselves. Play therapy utilises games, toys and colourful mediums to help children reveal their emotions and needs. Through play therapy children are able to express their feelings of confusion and hurt in a non-threatening environment and in their own time.

Through play therapy the following concerns are addressed:

  • Adapting to new circumstances both inside and outside home life – new school, new friends, changed family situation
  • Attention deficit or hyperactivity disorders
  • Abnormal behavioural tendencies – bullying, anger, stealing
  • Fear and anxiety – nightmares
  • Self-concept and self-worth – introvert, low self-esteem
  • Symptomatic disorders – bed-wetting, depression, headaches, stomach pain
  • Trauma – abuse, death

It is important to deal with emotional and behavioural problems soon after they arise in order to avoid severe distress. If a child behaves uncharacteristically for a period of time - for no apparent reason or following a stressful event, it is best to seek professional help.

Some behaviour changes to take note of:

  • Uncharacteristic withdrawal
  • Excessive shyness
  • Sleep problems
  • Eating problems
  • Sexual preoccupation
  • Onset and continuance of physical problems – headaches, stomach pain, twitching, stuttering

Professionally administered play therapy will assist your child with:

  • Expression of thoughts and feelings in a safe and controlled environment
  • Understanding of problems and acceptance of responsibility (learning from mistakes)
  • Developing the ability to problem solve and improve coping skills
  • Improving social skills and making friends
  • Building confidence and improving levels of concentration
  • Increasing levels of imagination and creativity
  • Supporting and promoting emotional healing and growth

Please Note

My area of services are in the Southern Suburbs and the greater Cape Town Metropole, including Somerset West and Helderberg area, South Africa.

My fees are based on medical aid rates but fees are negotiable and tailor made for every client in advance of rendering the required service.

Clients are permitted to terminate therapy at any stage. The same applies should a client wish to decline participation in, or withdraw from, any recommended intervention, assessment or event he or she is not entirely comfortable with.