Play Therapy Wicklow is a therapeutic intervention service helping children with behavioural and/or emotional problems. Play Therapy is for children aged 3 and upwards. It can also be a great intervention service for adolescents who find talk therapy difficult. We provide coverage for County Wicklow and surrounding counties.

Play Therapy: An Introduction

Play Therapy is a method of helping children with behaviour and/or emotional problems. It offers an opportunity to 'play out' their feelings and problems. Children are much better at playing about a problem rather than talking; it is a natural way for children to work through their emotions. Play Therapy can involve a range of resources including use of art, clay, storytelling, puppets, music, sand tray, and many more.

Play Therapy provides a safe environment where a qualified and empathetic therapist understands the child through play. The trusting and non-judgemental relationship between a child and therapist allows the child to have the freedom to express themselves.

Reasons for attending Play Therapy

  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Separated/Divorced parents
  • Communication problems
  • Autistic spectrum
  • Under performing
    • Academic
    • Social
    • Cultural
    • Physical
  • Trauma
  • Withdrawn
  • Abuse
  • Nightmares
  • Fostered/Adopted
  • Delayed Development
  • Social Exclusion
  • Bullying

For more information listen to Wicklow Play Therapist Annemarie O'Riordan's interview on Newstalk FM where she discusses in depth the value of Play Therapy and the methods which are employed. The podcast is entitled "Worry monsters and Play Therapy for anxious kids.

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Benefits of Play Therapy

Play is essential for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially. It fosters imagination and creativity. Encourages confidence and concentration. It helps children to make friends and learn about their ever expanding world.

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Play can be used to establish or build on a relationship. it is used when 'talking therapy' doesn't work, which is very often with children. Play Therapy also gives parents a better understanding of childrens emotions and anxieties.

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What Next

If you are worried or concerned about your child and feel that they may benefit from attending some Play Therapy, then please get in touch. Play Therapy Wicklow offers a free confidential consultation where we can have a chat about your worries or your concerns. You can decide if you are happy for your child to attend and we can arrange a time and date that suits you both.

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