Lifespan Counselling has team members trained in working with children, using techniques specifically designed for children across a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. We also have counsellors who can assist children with specific needs such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and special needs.
Although play therapy can be used for people of all ages, it is typically used for children ages 5-12 because, as children may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults.
A trained therapist can use playtime to observe and gain insights into a child’s problems. The therapist can then help the child explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma. Through play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviors.
While some children might start off with some hesitation, trust in the therapist tends to grow. As they become more comfortable and their bond strengthens, the child may become more creative or more verbal in their play.
Some of the potential benefits of play therapy are:
- taking more responsibility for certain behaviors
- developing coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills
- empathy and respect for others
- alleviation of anxiety
- learning to fully and express feelings
- stronger social skills
- stronger family relationships
Information cited from healthline.com