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Young children are sensitive to what’s going on around them, but they don’t have the language to explain when something’s wrong.  Often they develop behavioural problems to express they’re unhappiness.  It can be difficult for parents to interpret and manage their child’s behaviour, causing worry and distress for everyone in the family.

children and families heal faster when they work together

Using play as a method of communication, our Play Therapist helps children express their feelings and develop problem-solving skills.  Children learn …

  • creative coping skills
  • to be more responsible for their behaviour
  • empathy and respect for self and others
  • social skills with family and friends
  • to express their feelings in positive ways


Our Play Therapist is specialised in working with children aged five to ten years on issues including …

  • anger and tantrums
  • anxiety and depression
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • confidence
  • eating disorders
  • family problems
  • relationships
  • trauma

Toys are like the child’s words and play is their language. Through play, children learn new skills and behaviours.

 

To find out more about Play Therapy

email or call Aberdeen

Micheal's Story

When my wife and I split up, we didn’t realise that Anna, our seven year old daughter had taken it so badly.  When she was staying with me at the weekends, we did lots of stuff together and she was fine.  But when she was with her Mum, she was having tantrums, screaming, hitting and refusing to go to bed.  To be honest, I thought her Mum was exaggerating because she was always good when she was with me. 

Normally Anna would be dropped off at my house on a Friday but one particular day, I went to collect her from her Mum’s.  When I arrived, she was totally out of control.  I watched in horror as she screamed, threw things around the room and was trying to hit her mother.  My being there made no difference at all.

I felt guilty for not really believing my ex-wife. I agreed to be supportive and we’d work something out.  We didn’t agree on many things, but we both felt ashamed that we couldn’t control our own daughter.  Her behaviour had been going on since we separated, about six months – too long.  Our GP referred us to Play Therapy as Anna was too young for counselling.  We’d never heard of it but were willing to try anything.

My ex and I also had sessions with the therapist which really helped.  We were relieved to find out that there was nothing wrong with Anna, she was just frustrated by her new family situation and trying to tell us that.  Within a few months the change was incredible, she was calmer and much happier.  Even I saw a big difference when she was with me.  My Ex and I had to get past our feelings towards each other to help Anna. It wasn’t easy but we all got there in the end.