Sunshine Play Therapy
Children play. Play helps children socialise, work out problems, test themselves, learn new skills and have fun.
Non-directive play therapy encompasses children's natural play to empower and enable them to develop positive coping strategies to deal with their problems now and in the future. Therefore play therapy helps
the child, their family, the school and the wider community.
Individual sessions for ages 3-12: 45 minute session/week.
The play therapist, Lesley follows the Axline principles:
- Develops a warm and friendly relationship with the child.
- Accepts the child as she or he is.
- Establishes a feeling of permission in the relationship so that the child feels free to express his or her feelings completely.
- Is alert to recognise the feelings the child is expressing and reflects these feelings back in such a manner
that the child gains insight into his or her behaviour.
- Maintains a deep respect for the child’s ability to solve his/her problems and gives the child the opportunity
to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the child’s.
- Does not attempt to direct the child’s actions or conversations in any manner. The child leads the way, the therapist follows.
- Does not hurry the therapy along. It is a gradual process and must be recognised as such by the therapist.
- Only establishes those limitations necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make
the child aware of his/her responsibility in the relationship.
Virginia Axline (1969) based her approach on the person-centred philosophy of Carl Rogers.
All play therapy sessions are confidential unless the children disclose a danger to themselves or someone else. Safeguarding is a priority and any child protection issues will be dealt with immediately.