Childrens’ Counselling & Youth Counselling
Many people assume that play is just fun and games or a way for children to pass the time. However, imaginative and creative play is an absolutely vital means of supporting children’s cognitive growth and emotional adjustment. Through play, children learn to express feelings, make decisions, cope with difficult situations, and develop self-confidence, assertiveness and a positive self-image.
Unlike adults, children are developmentally unequipped to communicate about their inner world by talking about it. Since play is a child’s natural mode of communication, play therapy offers children a unique and safe way to play out their thoughts, feelings and problems.
In my practice, I use tools such as sand, figurines, puppets and various drawing materials that are designed to encourage fantasy play and enable the child to “work” through difficult emotions. I apply various developmentally appropriate techniques that support children in learning to let go of negative and restrictive feelings and develop coping mechanisms that can be used in their everyday lives.