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Play Therapy Bedford offers therapeutic support to those who need it.  Play Therapy is provided for children and Creative Arts Therapy or Sandplay therapy for teenagers and adults.  I also offer Clinical Supervision for Creative Arts Therapists Play Therapists and Counsellors who work with children and adolescents.

WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?


Play therapy is an effective therapeutic intervention for children, aged between 3 - 14, creatice arts therapy is used for those 14 +, who have emotional or behaviour difficulties.  It is an effective way to help those who have attachment difficulties and those who have witnessed and experienced traumatic events.  

Children find it difficult to talk about what is on their mind and how they feel about things that are happening and have happened in their lives.  Play and Creative Arts T
herapy provides them with a safe space to explore these emotions and feelings using different mediums without the need to talk.  

Children can be seen in school so that their school day is not disrupted too much. 

WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY USED FOR?


Play therapy can be used with children with:

  • Emotional and behavioural problems

  • Communication problems

  • Aspergers or autism

  • Delayed language and play development

  • Social skills problems

  • Nightmares

  • Separated / divorced parents

  • Bullies / bullying

  • Attachment Issues

  • Withdrawn personality

  • Trauma / crisis

  • Physical disabilities

WHAT DOES PLAY THERAPY DO?

  • Allows children the freedom to explore their emotions and feelings in a safe environment

  • Teaches children how to cope with their emotions

  • Helps children to develop strategies to deal with situations more appropriately

For more information about play therapy please visit

www.playtherapy.org.uk 

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS USED?

 

The play / creative work is carried out in a playroom using the following equipment: 

  • Sand tray and miniatures

  • Puppets

  • Music

  • Movement

  • Art  / drawing / painting

  • Clay

  • Therapeutic stories

  • Meditation

  • Creative visualisations

WHY PLAY?

 

Play is a symbolic way of communicating for children and adults alike. Play allows children to:

  • identify feelings and emotions

  • practice different roles in life

  • develop their physical skills

  • find out what they like and do not like

  • have fun, relax and enjoy themselves

  • express themselves and explore different situations safely

  • develop different skills

 

WHERE & HOW IS THE PLAY CARRIED OUT?

 

Play takes place in a safe playroom with all the necessary equipment provided. There are as few boundaries as possible, but as many as necessary in the playroom. Sessions are not interrupted. I have a current CRB check and insurance The work is not interpreted, non – judgemental and child led. Sessions are held in a private space and are not interrupted to maintain the confidentiality for the child. Susannah has a current DBS, insurance and is compliant with GDPR.