Information for Children & Teens

Have you ever noticed how some children have problems (a problem is a thing you worry about or feel bad about) ?

Sometimes a problem can change your behaviour; making you get into fights or have trouble sharing, making you get angry or hit someone.

You might feel shy and nervous around other children, you might hurt other children, or you worry a lot.

Doing one of these things a lot means children have worries; children may have experienced difficult life events such as illness, bullying, bereavement.

It's hard for children to keep having these worries, it bothers / stresses children they don't know or understand where these worries come from, so they can't make them go away, then children need help.

Sometimes a mammy or daddy can help, or sometimes they might need help too.

How will a Play Therapist Help ?

A person called a play therapist can help children learn about their worries and help their behaviour get better. The play therapist help you feel better on the inside.

There might be something going on in your life that makes you confused, worried and even annoyed or upset. The play therapist will have lots of toys and arts and crafts materials that will help you express these feelings without having to talk about them if you don't want to.

Children's worries often get better when they understand their feelings. It's hard to talk about your feelings so your play therapist will try to help you feel better by playing in ways which helps you to share your feelings.

What is a session ?

In the play room you can play with lots of different toys in lots of different ways, there is no right or wrong way to play, the play therapist won't make you do things that you don't want to do. The play therapist will explain to your parents, teacher or carers that mostly everything that you play and say in the play room is private, they wont be telling people all the things you do but sometimes they will need to talk to a grown up about how you are.

Are there rules ?

There is mainly one big rule in the play room that is the safety rule. The play therapist is in charge of keeping you safe and you are in charge of the play although sometimes the therapist may be in charge for some of the play time. Play therapy is completely non-judgemental and the child is neither praised nor blamed during the session.

What's in the play room?

The play room consists of a wide variety of toys including sand boxes, messy play, art and crafts, dolls and dolls house.