Empowering children through their play.
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.
Neuroscience is at the heart of play therapy:
"Neuroscience is the gateway into the future of play therapy. It allows therapists to understand what is happening inside of themselves, what is happening inside of their child clients and ultimately what is happening between them in the playroom. Play therapists have the ability to take a child’s healing to levels and depths that they haven’t been able to access before and neuroscience is the bridge to get there."
Lisa Dion, Synergetic Play Therapy Institute. [http://synergeticplaytherapy.com]
Individual sessions for ages 3-12: 45 minute session/week.
The play therapist, Lesley follows the Axline principles:
that the child gains insight into his or her behaviour.
to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the child’s.
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.
Referrals will be accepted from parents (or carers), GP’s, teachers, social workers and other professionals.
If you have a child in mind or are interested to find out more about play therapy, please complete the contact form below.
What happens next:
NB: Written parental / guardian consent is essential before play therapy commences.
Duration of interventions:
Short term intervention: 12 - 16 sessions
Medium intervention: 17 - 24 sessions
Long term intervention: 25+
Sunshine Play Therapy 2019