The first recorded use of play therapy took place in 1919. Since then, play therapy has evolved, but one common theme prevails; the idea of a safe place for children to express their feelings and experiences. At Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services, we know that children are not as expressive as adults. It can be difficult for them to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a conversational setting like adults generally would. Utilizing play therapy allows us to connect with children in a way that makes them comfortable.
OBSERVATION & ENGAGEMENT
There are two major types of play therapy: nondirective and directive. Each has a different methodology, but both utilize tools as a way to communicate. Nondirective therapy is very hands-off. The child is given time to play without any prompts from the therapist and the hope is that they work toward their own solutions. Nondirective therapy is centered on observation. Directive, on the other hand, is a more hands-on approach. The therapist works to engage the child on their level. Instead of just observing, they take part in the play and try to guide the child to expressing their feelings.
The use of tools in play therapy is essential. Tools commonly used include, but are not limited to:
No matter what the methodology, the idea is to make the child feel safe and comfortable. Children are capable of working through their feelings naturally and play therapy is a common tool used to do this. If you are interested in learning more about play therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services today.
Play In Therapy
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