Rebecca is a Play Practitioner working in our school. Her initial qualification is a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education and she has worked in our school as a Special Needs Assistant for the past seven years. Rebecca has just completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. Having successfully graduated from the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy she is presently continuing her postgraduate Diploma to qualify as a Play Therapist.
You can discover more about a person in a hour of play than in lifetime of conversation
WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?
The Play Therapist will meet with you to discuss the difficulties you are currently experiencing and what creative methods you would like to try out in the sessions. Some young people like to use drawing, painting and clay, others prefer to use sand and figures, relaxation and visualisations and yet more prefer to talk. The Play Therapist will check out with you your preference and go from there. Using these creative methods can help you to gain an insight and greater awareness to what is causing the difficulty for you and find a solution to moving forward.
WHY AM I GOING TO PLAY THERAPY?
Usually a young person comes to Play Therapy if there is something happening in their life that feels overwhelming and they are finding difficult to manage by themselves. Play Therapy allows you a space to sort out these feelings and find a way to help yourself to feel better.
HOW LONG DO I GO FOR?
That depends. Some young people come for 8 weeks, some come for a few months and some for longer. Your Play Therapist will talk to you about this at the beginning and during your work and will decide together with you and your parents what is best for you.
IS IT PRIVATE?
Yes. The Play Therapist does not discuss what you are doing in the play room with anyone else unless there is a risk to your safety. It is ok for you to talk to other young people or adults about what you do in your therapy session if you wish
Client aged 14 said:
Play Therapy has helped me relax. It has helped me express my feelings and it has really help with things I had bottled up.
Parent of child aged 6 attending Play Therapy said;
Play Therapy has helped my child feel less anxious. It has helped him to open up to others but also be himself. It has been everything to my child and also to me.
Class Tutor of the 14 year old client:
Play Therapy has helped the student to express herself more. She is more relaxed in class and around her peers. It is lovely to see the student smile again.