Any parent who struggles to understand or is concerned about his or her child's behaviour can have the child assessed. Examples of
troubling behaviour are extreme or continuous separation anxiety or clinginess, aggression or anger outbursts, crying, withdrawal, anxiety and fears. The assessment is done in context of a therapeutic relationship and combined with play therapy techniques; therefore the atmosphere therefore is relaxed, playful and supportive. The play therapist is usually able to determine some or all of the following aspects:
• The self-image of the child.
• The extent to which he shows self acceptance
• The child's ability to identify, accept and communicate her emotions.
• The nature of the relationships between the child and other family members.
• The child's perception of her own ability to cope with her present situation.
• The stressors in her life.
• Aggression (nature and function).
• Signs of anxiety and depression.
• Issues that are subconsciously a worry to her (out of her awareness).