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Play is vital to every child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult .Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways. The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.
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Although adolescents may be resistant to attend play therapy because they believe they are “too old to play”, what they may not realize that as we grow older, we continue to play in different ways.  For example, therapy with adolescents may involve listening to their favourite music, art, photography or making collages. However, since adolescents are typically better able to express themselves through conversation than young children, therapy will also involve a lot talking through issues and conflicts being faced.  Adolescence is a stage of forming ones identity, experimenting with behaviours and self-discovery. Therapy is a wonderful tool to provide an adolescent with during this stage of development especially if there are additional environmental stressors.

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.

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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 (, 2014).


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