Play Therapy at Power of Play (POP!)
Allowing Children to Express their Inner Worlds Through Play
Our therapists have been trained and certified under Play Therapy UK and Synergetic Play Therapy Institute in the US, and we provide a blend of the two into our practice and philosophy.
This meaning that POP!'s philosophy is non-directive, child-led with a parasympathetic nervous system lens.
How this works in practice is while we provide a safe, therapeutic space for children to express anything from grief to anxiety, trauma both with big and little T’s and other family issues we also look at parasympathetic nervous system regulation. This type of regulation is where we would engage in mindfulness and model regulation of our nervous systems as a foundation for children to learn how to manage their own nervous systems. Thus, our journey with children begins with us leading the way towards co - regulate so that they can connect with their inner worlds and allow authentic them to appear in their play, in a safe, regulated environment.
Play is a child's natural medium of expression and our play therapy offers children a chance to "play - out" their feelings and difficulties in a natural and familiar manner. The type of therapeutic play offers children mastery over their emotions, ability to widen their window of tolerance and to resolve trauma. This is where we begin to see shifts in a child's behaviour. We are not here to "fix" any problems but to make the child more visible to him / her self and so the child will feel heard and seen. Growth is optimal in play when a feeling of permissiveness is present in a trusted, safe relationship. This can have positive impact on their communication, emotional wellness, personal strengths and social relationships.
We identify the issues; it can be anxiety, anger, abused, bullied, depression, grief, attention deficit disorders or who are on the autism spectrum, having school struggles and more.
Child-centered. Warm and friendly relationship. Accepts child "as-is". Establishes a feeling of permissiveness. Reflecting back so that the child gains insight. Child is responsible to make choices. Child leads. Does not hurry the child. Few limitations.
Child attend 45 minutes x 12 sessions weekly at the same time and day in a therapeutic playroom. This room has modalities such as sand, art, puppetry and other tools. The child's inner world is revealed by interacting in a shared, trusted and safe environment. And through what is natural to them, play.
The child becomes more responsible for behaviours. Learns to experience and express emotions. Develops confidence about his / her abilities. Develops new and creative solutions to problems. Develops respect and acceptance of self and others.
has nightmares or disturbed sleep.
is at risk of being excluded from school.
has suffered trauma.
has suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
is adopted, fostered or is in the process of being.
suffers because of separated or divorced parents.
suffers from anxiety, stress or phobias.
has suffered loss or bereavement of any kind.
is withdrawn and continually unhappy.
is angry and doesn't want to do anything.
finds it difficult to make friends, bullies others or is bullied.
displays sexualised behaviour or simply doesn't play.
not realizing his or her academic or social potential.
has a disability, autistic or selective mutism, a ADHD or lacking in confidence
Who Could Benefit from Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a method of therapy that uses play for children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioural, and learning problems including problems related to life stresses, such as divorce, relocation, hospitalisation, chronic illness and abuse. It can be used on its own, particularly with children, or along with other therapies and medications.
A child can benefit who:
How Do We Start?
Each round consists of 12 sessions with the child and 3 parents / teachers sessions. Each child is different, so therapy will be tailored to their individual needs. As therapy progresses, behaviors and goals can be reassessed.
Strength and Difficulty Questionnaire score to be filled by parents / teachers
1.5 hour intake assessment with parents to understand the child
12 Sessions with child and mid and final reviews with parents / teachers
Complete and close or extend sessions in rounds of 12 sessions.