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Helping Children Express Their Thoughts & Emotions
Play therapy techniques are used primarily with children between 3 and 12, depending on personalities, levels of maturity, and individual differences. It tends to be particularly helpful for children with internal problems such as fear, anxiety, guilt, poor self-image, feelings of abandonment, jealously, grief and anger.
At Oakhill Mediation & Counselling Services, we have honed our expertise in providing play therapy as an exceptional method to support children’s emotional growth and well-being. If your child is facing emotional challenges, our dedicated play therapy experts are here to accompany them on a transformative journey of healing and self-discovery.
How Play Therapy Helps Children
Play tends to be the natural way for children to express thoughts and emotions, just as adults tend to verbalize them. Through play therapy, children can “play out” their feelings and problems just like adults “talk out” their difficulties. The play therapy relationship includes components of several other relationship types:
- It has a parental component in that the therapist will set some limits on the child’s behavior to ensure safety in the playroom.
- The therapist interacts with the child in his/her play activities becoming a playmate and friend.
She or he also conveys support and provides feedback regarding the child’s activities, sometimes acting as a teacher or older relative.
Through this relationship, characterized by mutual respect and acceptance, the therapist can gradually enter a child’s world. It is the therapist’s role to assume a nonjudgmental and supportive role as the child works towards greater self-confidence and autonomy. With these developing new found skills, a child becomes more and more willing to take risks, make mistakes and learn to deal more effectively with his/her environment.
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Ready to take the first step towards positive change? Book an appointment with Oakhill Counselling & Mediation Services today. Our compassionate, experienced team is here to provide you with the support you need on your journey towards personal growth and well-being. Whether you’re seeking counselling services, mediation support, psychological assessments, or employee assistance programs, we have the expertise to meet your needs.
At Oakhill Counselling & Mediation Services, we stand out for our commitment to your convenience and comfort. We offer flexible appointment options, including in-person in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, or Langley, telephone, and video sessions, to accommodate your busy schedule and personal preferences. Our diverse team of therapists represents various cultural backgrounds and speaks multiple languages, ensuring that we have someone who can understand and support you on your unique journey.