The Play Therapy Experience

Play is a child’s natural medium of self-expression

Children need an outlet for their feelings and emotions. Using play therapy activities allows them to express their feelings and emotions creatively and safely. This can then lead to increased learning, better relationships and calmer, more reflective behaviour.

I base my play therapy skills on Virginia Axline’s non-directive approach; I build a warm, accepting rapport and the children will choose play or creative activities most likely to help them heal. They play out their difficult feelings of tension, fear, aggression etc and come to terms with themselves and others.

I supply a wide range of recommended play resources in my private practice.

Play therapy can help alleviate children’s suffering from:

  • Anxiety, phobias and stress
  • Attachment issues, emotional bonding
  • Separation from parent, abandonment
  • Step family adjustment
  • Bereavement, loss, grief
  • Bullying; poor sibling and peer relationships
  • Learning difficulties, disabilities, illness
  • Withdrawing or acting out behaviour
  • Nightmares, poor sleep, unable to concentrate
  • Trauma and all forms of abuse
  • Unable to concentrate, not fulfilling potential

I ensure I undertake all current training in Safeguarding, Protective Behaviours, Child Protection and always hold a current, enhanced CRB/ DBS certificate.

I am a member of the BACP Children and Young People section.