FAQs- Play Therapy Questions Donegal
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a powerful form of therapy that recognises children’s play as more than just fun; it is a language through which they communicate and develop. Rather than seeking to apply standard adult talk-therapy methods to children, play therapy seeks to engage with them at their own level, developing a strong relationship with the child through the medium of play, and through that help children prevent or resolve a wide array of psychosocial difficulties so they can achieve their potential.
What is the difference between Play Therapy and Psychotherapy?
In Play Therapy, the therapist communicates with children through the medium of play. A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who is accredited and/or registered to provide psychological treatment to clients with complex emotional needs.
A play therapist that is not also a psychotherapist, or other mental health professional, uses play therapy to work with children who do not have clinical issues, for instance, they may work with children with developmental challenges and those who are struggling with changes in their lives. The aim is to promote emotional wellbeing and help children adjust to new situations so that they can regain the happiness and security that may have been lost due to a difficult experience such as a bereavement, illness, or single incident trauma.
At UNLOCK we are professionally trained as Psychotherapists specialising in Play Therapy. This means that they are trained to provide developmental and therapeutic play, play therapy, and psychological treatment to clients across the spectrum of need including those with significant clinical issues and those with complex histories including multiple traumas.
How long does Therapy take?
This depends on the individual client/family and the needs presented. Therapy is not a quick fix solution. Usually speaking, it takes a minimum of 13-15 sessions for any noticable change to be apparent.
What types of challenges does UNLOCK cater for?
- Parental conflict, separation or divorce
- Traumatised (sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect)
- Adoption or Foster care
- Disruption in attachment relationships
- Domestic violence
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress
- Persistent anger, worry, sadness or fear which hinders the daily life of the child
- Excessive shyness
- Low self esteem
- Learning / Developmental problems
- Sleep problems
- Eating problems
- Bedwetting / soiling problems
- Preoccupation with sexual behaviour