Counselling Through Therapeutic Play
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When using therapeutic and creative play, the client is able to lead the sessions, at a pace that is suitable to their emotional understanding, while having their emotions and feelings accepted and validated, non-judgmentally.
By supporting through play therapy principles, children and young people are able to express feelings through a safe means of communication via play and creativity. This may include puppetry, the use of art, therapeutic storytelling, clay or playdough, natural resources (stones, shells, pine cones, sticks) metaphor and therapeutic play and sand tray therapy.
Counselling through therapeutic play provides the right conditions for children and young people to develop the skills and methods they need to grow, learn and express emotions in a positive way. Therapeutic Play enables a child or young person to express their feelings and problems through a wide range of toys and creative mediums, chosen specifically to allow engagement with imaginary play.
This enables the child or young person to work through feelings, experiences and emotions without the need for 'uncomfortable' conversations.
Sand Play Therapy
Sand Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach used to support children, young people and adults to help increase emotional expressions of inner feelings through non-verbal communication. This can be beneficial when working with psychological distress from past experiences such as trauma, abuse and PTSD and can also be therapeutic to work through emotions and anxieties.
Using sand as a form of therapy is based on the belief that if a counsellor is able to provide a safe space for a client, they will be able to use the sand tray to create solutions to their problems on their own.
Sand Play Therapy works by looking at symbolic or metaphoric meanings to the arrangement pattern and the creation of a scene within the sand. The client is able to create a 'play world' that reflects some aspect of real people and real experiences within their own lives, while the therapist observes the choice and arrangement of toys without interruption, allowing the client to find answers within themselves.