Our Play Therapy service is tailored for children, providing a safe and creative environment for them to express feelings, process emotions, and develop essential life skills through play. Led by licensed play therapists, this approach promotes emotional growth, improved behavior, and better communication. It’s a vital resource for helping children navigate the challenges of childhood.
This approach recognizes that children may not have the verbal and cognitive abilities to express themselves fully through traditional talk therapy. Instead, play therapy utilizes play as a medium for communication and expression.
KEY COMPONENTS OF PLAY THERAPY:
Play Therapy is a child-centered, meaning the therapist follows the lead of the child during the sessions. The child is given the freedom to choose toys and activities that resonate with them, allowing for a more natural and comfortable expression of thoughts and emotions. At Core Centre, we employs trained and qualified play therapists who have expertise in understanding the language of play.
Assessment and Goal Setting
At the beginning of the therapy process, a thorough assessment of the child’s needs and concerns may be conducted. Based on this assessment, specific therapeutic goals are established. These goals could range from building social skills and emotional regulation to addressing specific traumas or challenges.
Various Play Techniques
Play Therapy incorporates a range of techniques, including art, sand tray, puppetry, storytelling, and role-playing. The therapist may observe the child’s play and use it as a tool to gain insights into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Integration with Other Therapeutic Approaches
Depending on the needs of the child, Play Therapy may be integrated with other therapeutic modalities. This could include family therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques, or other evidence-based approaches.
Parents or caregivers may be involved in the therapeutic process. The play therapist may provide guidance to parents on how to support their child’s emotional development and implement strategies learned in therapy at home.
The ultimate goal of Play Therapy is to promote emotional well-being and healthy development in the child. Therapeutic outcomes may include improved communication, increased self-esteem, enhanced coping skills, and a reduction in challenging behaviors.