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Play Therapy

Play therapy is more than just playtime; it's a well-established form of child counselling that harnesses the natural language of play to help children express themselves, confront challenges, and grow.

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What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a form of therapy specifically designed for children. It uses the power of play to help kids express their feelings, process experiences, and develop problem-solving skills. In play therapy, therapists engage children using games, drawings, and other creative activities. This approach is particularly effective because it allows children to communicate at their own level and pace, making it one of the best engaging and comfortable therapies for kids.

The Benefits of Play Therapy​

Play therapy goes beyond traditional counselling methods by tapping into a child's natural communication medium: play. It's highly beneficial for children who may not have the vocabulary to express complex emotions or experiences. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced Responsibilities: Children learn to recognise and take responsibility for their actions, leading to improved behaviour and self-awareness.

  • Coping and Problem-Solving Skills: Children develop creative solutions to problems through imaginative play and build effective coping strategies for life's challenges.

  • Fostering Self-Respect: Engaging in play helps children build strong self-respect and recognise their values and capabilities.

  • Developing Empathy: Play therapy nurtures empathy, teaching children to understand and respect the feelings of others, a crucial skill for successful interpersonal relationships.

  • Alleviation of Anxiety: Play provides a natural outlet for expressing and managing anxiety, helping children find peace and comfort in stressful situations.

  • Expressing Feelings: Children learn to express and navigate their emotions fully and healthily, enhancing their emotional intelligence.

  • Improved Social Skills: Through interactive play, children enhance their social skills, learning to communicate, share, and collaborate effectively with peers.

  • Strengthening Family Relationships: As children progress in play therapy, they often experience improved interactions with family members, leading to stronger, more harmonious family dynamics.

These benefits collectively contribute to a child's overall emotional health, social development, and family well-being, underscoring play therapy's deep impact on a child's life.

What to Expect in Mental Health Counselling Sessions

During your sessions with Melanie, children engage in play activities in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Sessions typically involve a variety of toys and creative materials that children can use to express themselves. Melanie observes and interacts with the child, using play as a way to understand and address psychological and emotional issues. Parents and guardians are integral to the process, and Melanie will provide regular updates and guidance on supporting the child's development at home.

Melanie believes in the transformative power of play therapy in unlocking a child's potential and aiding their emotional growth. She's here to guide and support your child through a journey of self-discovery and healing in a space where play leads to profound breakthroughs.


"Melanie has helped me through a challenging time when I was struggling to understand the changes in my feeling and negative emotions which was greatly affecting my work and personal life.
She listens actively and teaches me ways to regulate my emotions.
Melanie has inspired me with her counselling techniques, follow up texts and diagrams, I still revisit them whenever I needed a positive reminder from time to time. It has been a great experience working with Melanie, thank you for helping me through one of my darkest time."

- Sharon

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