Children and young people often show their distress in their outward behaviour. Sometimes they don’t feel ready to talk or are too young to talk about their experiences. By offering a variety of play and creative art materials in a safe therapeutic environment in which the child is “contained”, the therapist is able to help the child/young person to connect with their emotional experiences that they struggle with.
Counselling Solutions is able to work with traditional methods of talking therapy whilst honouring the child/young person’s natural language of play and creativity. Reflective techniques and the use of creative mediums; paint, clay, puppets, sand trays, music, drama, therapeutic story-telling, creative visualisation, dance and movement are available to help the child/young person to explore their feelings, thoughts or behaviours.
Play Therapy has been clinically shown to benefit children suffering from a range of distress and emotional disturbance.
Young children like to be active and play therapy is better suited to their needs than a sedentary counselling conversation. Children make connections into their world through play which they struggle to make verbally because play is their natural language of communication.
Play Therapy is suitable for all children including those with learning, physical and sensory impairments. It may also be appropriate with those whom English is not their first language.
Child & Adolescent Counselling
Young people often struggle to talk about their feelings which are impacting upon their daily lives. Offering creative mediums and talking therapies allows the young person to choose how to express their behaviours and feelings. Through exploration, the young person can develop an understanding of themselves, thus enabling them to change and move forward.
Group Play Therapy
Group therapy is different from individual play therapy and for some children and families group play therapy can be very beneficial. The therapist will encourage group members to communicate and learn from each other within a safe environment. Groups may include siblings, peers, parents and children, with a range of techniques and creative mediums being offered by the therapist to help to support expression and for them to learn about themselves and others.
Family Therapy helps to support family members to find constructive ways to help to communicate with each other, whilst respecting that everyone has different perspectives, beliefs and views. A therapeutic space provides an opportunity for family members to say how they feel about a problem in a safe and caring environment. By doing this, the therapist helps the family to nurture change and to strengthen the interactions and conversations between them.
The Family Therapist may also offer practical advice and information about further sources of help.
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