For children and adolescents who don’t easily communicate in words, play therapy can be an effective approach in working with a therapist and strengthening coping skills. Low self-confidence, undeveloped skills or absent role models also affect a child’s ability to interact with their peers as well as adults.
Play therapy allows younger and older children to explore their emotions and behaviours using their imagination and creativity in a safe therapeutic environment.
In play therapy, children or adolescents work with an involved and respectful therapist, who actively works with them to identify and respond to their experiences and emotions. The client expresses his or her personal conflicts by engaging with play materials, figures and toys.
A play therapist provides ways for children or adolescents to effectively communicate, understand and cope with the social and psychological stresses they have in their everyday lives.
Some activities and materials used for play therapy are:
Play therapy can help children and adolescents who are experiencing problems from a variety of issues, including:
Play Therapy is offered at the Betty Stockley Counselling Centre which is centrally located near Dundas St. and University Ave. in downtown Toronto. It is easily accessible by public transit, close to the St. Patrick subway station.
Daytime, weekend or evening sessions are available. Each session lasts approximately one hour and appointments are arranged to suit the schedules of busy families. Length of treatment will vary based on the individual client's needs.
Consultation with parents, teachers and other individuals involved in the child's life can also be arranged as required.