How old are children doing play therapy?
From three years onwards play therapy is suitable. Usually at this age a session lasts 45 minutes maximum. If a child is very anxious, a parent will be asked to stay in the room for a while so that the child has time to get used to the new situation. For younger children parent-child-interaction sessions are very helpful. Play therapy can also be beneficial for teenagers. Especially creative and uncommunicative children and teenagers find play therapy helpful as they can express themself through creative materials.
What are parent-child-interaction sessions or training?
These sessions give parents and children the chance to have healthy interactions and to gain attunement through play. Both sides learn to appreciate each other again.
What is the position of play therapy in the health sector?
Play therapy can be located between free play and psychiatric treatment. It is very useful to prevent manifestations of disorders or to connect with psychotherapeutic/psychiatric treatment at an early stage.
What are the limits of play therapy?
- If children/teenagers are not ready to share their worries and anxieties with me.
- If parents boycott therapy of their children, for example not showing up for meetings or always being late.
- If children are not emotionally supported by their parents at home. Play therapy can be very strenuous and children need support to deal with difficult themes.
- If disorders are already manifested and very serious, I will transfer the child/teenager to psychotherapeutic/psychiatric treatment.
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Information about play and play therapy: www.childrenstherapycentre.ie