Play2Heal also offers individual counselling to adults or parents struggling with their children. Due to ethical concerns however, a parent and a child cannot be seen simultaneously for individual therapy.
Families play an important role in children's healing processes. The interaction between children's problems and their families is always complex. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signaling that there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because the child's problems are so disruptive. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together (www.a4pt.org, 2014).
Whatever the level of involvement, family member’s play an important role in the child’s healing. Therapists like to work together with the parents of the child or adolescent who is attending therapy. This ensures that carry-over effect, after therapy is better and the environment the child goes back into is more conducive to healing. It is up to the discretion of the therapist as to how and when to involve members of the family in the therapeutic process. Regular communication will, however be scheduled with caregivers in order to discuss arising issues in therapy, concerns from parents and to work together towards developing a plan for resolving such issues.
"Some adults forget what it was like to be a kid,'' Burton says." -Roald Dahl