Choosing Play Therapy
Everyone expects a child to be affected by changes such as bereavement, divorce, adoption, fostering and relocation. But not everyone knows how it is affecting them, when it is affecting them or how to help the child.
Amanda is an experienced Play Therapist, enabling affected children to make sense of their feelings and find a comfortable way to express themselves and their worries through their natural language of play.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative art mediums to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children. These conditions could be causing behavioural problems and be preventing them from realising their full potential.
A Play Therapist works in an integrated way with the child using a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, mostly responding to the child’s wishes.
What can you expect during a Play Therapy session?
Amanda’s play therapy room contains a play therapy kit which is set up to welcome your child. The kit contains paints, crayons, a sand tray, musical instruments, puppets and masks.
Amanda arranges everything in specific places and this arrangement does not change. The idea is that each time they visit, the environment is the same, and they become more comfortable. This supports the sense of feeling safe, consistent and in control of that environment.
They can then choose which part of the toolkit they want to work with – children intuitively know what they want to do. Amanda’s role is to partner with them and reflect back to them what they are doing or what they are showing her through their story.
The room is a reflection of the child’s inner world – they will be connected to feelings that they have experienced in the story they are playing out.
Each 30 to 40 minute session builds on the one before, and through the process, the child is eventually able to articulate (in their own way) what they are feeling.
Why work with Amanda?
With more than 15 years experience working with children, Amanda has enhanced her Play Therapy approach to include some deeper systemic work. Her method provides a holistic and situational approach to treating the root cause of trauma and providing emotional freedom.
Her methodology enables the child to clearly articulate the extent of the trauma they are carrying with them through play, and empowers them to make the invisible, visible. They find their voice and purpose to move on.
When you should contact a therapist like Amanda
Amanda’s specialism is in treating children and their families who are recovering from loss and change. It is important to contact her if your child is displaying any mild to moderate emotional or psychological problems, such as:
- Unresolved relationship issues
- Sibling rivalries
- Sleep disorders
- Separation anxiety
- Attachment disorders
How to get in touch
To find out more about Amanda’s work and see if Play Therapy is the right solution for your family, you can book in for a free assessment call.
The assessment call is an opportunity for Amanda to discuss your particular issue privately with you. In that call, she will be able to let you know if Play Therapy is a suitable therapeutic option for your child and you can then arrange a consultation.
Sessions are held at her therapy room based at Orion House, 14 Barn Hill, Stamford, PE9 2AE.