Play therapy is a form of treatment used mainly for children. Play therapy allows children to express themselves in a creative and comfortable way. Tanya uses playtime to observe and gain insights into a child's problems. She then helps the child explore their emotions and come to terms with unresolved trauma. Through play, children learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviours.
How does play therapy work?
Tanya's sessions take place in a safe, comfortable playroom. Very few limits or rules are imposed on the child, encouraging free expression. Tanya observes the child's choices, decisions, and play style.
The child is encouraged to play with toys that facilitate the learning of positive behaviours. Play therapy occurs in weekly sessions, lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
Sandplay therapy is a type of therapy where the child uses a sandbox and toys to express their inner thoughts and struggles. Tanya combines sandplay with talk therapy, using the sandbox and figures as communication tools. Sandplay is well suited for young children since they cannot always express their inner feelings in words.
The benefits of play therapy
Play therapy can help your child:
- Become more responsible for their behaviours
- Develop new and creative solutions to problems
- Develop acceptance and respect of themselves and others
- Learn to experience and express emotions
- Cultivate empathy and respect for others thoughts and feelings
- Learn new social skills and relational skills with family and friends
- Develop a renewed confidence in their abilities
The parent or caregiver plays a vital role in play therapy for children. Before conducting play therapy, Tanya has a separate interview with the child. She will make an assessment before beginning treatment. As a qualified Educational Psychologist, Tanya will make suitable recommendations and provide a focused treatment plan to suit your child's unique needs.