Reasons for Play Therapy

Just like adults, children attend therapy for a variety of reasons

General Behaviour

  • Emotional and behavioural issues, anxiety, hitting, fighting
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Special Needs

Developmental Difficulties

  • Delay or uneven development
  • Learning difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties, often feeling sad or withdrawing from people or activities
  • Poor play skills
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Communication difficulties, problems making friends
  • Attachment Problems
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bed wetting

Major Life Events

  • Family disruptions such as Illness or Hospitalisation
  • Bereavement or Loss
  • Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress, i.e.  car accident
  • Parental separation, conflict or divorce
  • Adoption or Foster Care
  • The birth of a sibling
  • Moving into a new home

Environmental Factors

  • Abuse or Neglect
  • Bullying
  • Difficulties at school or day care

All of above are examples of stressful events that can cause turmoil in your child's life & difficulties in you family.

Target Age

Play Therapy is generally most beneficial for children aged 3 to 12 yrs