Play Therapists receive extensive training in subjects such as child development and attachment (the bonding process). They are also trained to use play, a child’s natural form of expression, as a means for understanding and communicating with children about feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
A Play Therapist will begin by listening to your concerns about your child and family. They will review their history and find out about the stresses the family have been through so that they can help your child make sense of it. They may ask to seek information from school and other significant adults. An assessment is made of your child’s strengths as well as their difficulties.
Your child’s Play Therapist will talk with you about what to tell your child about their Play Therapy and how to anticipate and answer your child’s questions. They may work as part of a team of other professionals or independently and may suggest a referral for other professional intervention as part of the support package you are offered. This might include support for you.
Play Therapists sometimes work with parents in the playroom with their child. Some specially trained Filial Play Therapists may train parents in how use child-centered play and other techniques to find different ways to relate to children.