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Creative Arts & Play Therapy

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Play Therapy

Play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and is essential for development. Children often find it very difficult to express themselves verbally because they simply do not have the vocabulary, like adults use in talking therapies.“Creative Arts and Play Therapy” can benefit people of all ages, but is particularly affective with children and young people.

Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, the child can play-out their repressed thoughts, difficult emotions, life experiences or unresolved trauma, all of which may be having an effect on their current relationships and circumstances.

The use of the play therapy “tool kit” and the choices the child makes in symbolic toys and imagery enables the child to explore their troubles at a safe psychological distance. Crucially they explore themes at their own pace. Themes can be in metaphor and / or real life, or through talking, directly and indirectly about difficulties and feelings.


Some of the greatest men and women in the field of psychoanalysis have recognise the benifits of play.

“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self”.

Donald Winnicott (Britain’s first medically-trained child psychoanalyst)

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to 'play out' his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual 'talks out' his difficulties”.

Virginia Axline (A psychologist and one of the pioneers in the use of play therapy)