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Play therapy helps children who are struggling socially, emotionally or behaviourally

As adults, when we have worries or experience a tough time we usually use words to express ourselves and make sense of our situation. For children, it is often much easier to use the language of play.

Play therapy provides a safe and confidential place for children to work through their problems

Within the warm, trusting and accepting play therapy relationship children can feel free to play and express themselves in ways they might not be able to anywhere else.

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.”

– Virginia Axline

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The play therapy toolkit includes art, clay, music, sand tray, movement, therapeutic storytelling, puppets, drama and role-play

Aideen McCartney, Play Therapist in London

Who can play therapy help?

Play therapy can help children who are experiencing a range of social or emotional difficulties, such as:​

  • Anxiety, stress or phobias

  • Parental & family separation

  • Friendship difficulties, bullying or being bullied

  • Low self-confidence

  • Mood swings or inappropriate emotional responses

  • Communication and behavioural delays or difficulties

  • Struggling to access learning or achieve academic potential

  • Bereavement, trauma & abuse

  • Looked-after and fostered children

  • Attachment and relationship difficulties

  • Young carers

  • Neurodivergent children (including Autism, ADHD and Tourette's)

The Playful Pathways Play Therapy studio in Brixton, South London

"My child has learned how to control her feelings and consider the feelings of others. Her confidence and self-awareness have grown greatly"

- Parent of a 5 year old client

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