“Play therapy is a vital opportunity for children to ‘play out’ those feelings- hatred, loneliness, anger, fear, failure or even feelings of inadequacy.”
- Virginia M. Axline, Play Therapy (1974)
Play therapy is a proven method that allows children to discover how to express themselves through play. It is an effective way to help children with social, emotional, and behavioural issues. Play is a child’s natural medium of expression and it is essential for development. Through play, children can relax, use their imagination, and be in control. Play therapy helps children process their emotions, release tension, and improve self esteem.
The therapist creates a safe, confidential and caring environment, allowing children to be who they are without judgement and with as few limitations as possible.
“Filial therapy is a relationship therapy in which the therapist uses the parents as the primary change agents for their own children.”
- Rise Vanfleet
Goals of filial therapy:
Mitigate and resolve emotional and behavioural issues in children
Strengthen parent-child bonds
Foster healthy psychosocial development of the child and the family unit
Parents learn 5 basic skills during filial therapy training:
How it works
Parents receive training from a registered play therapist to conduct special non-directive play sessions with their children. Initial play sessions are held under the therapist's direct supervision. Once parents are competent and confident in conducting play sessions, the therapist supports them in transitioning to unsupervised play sessions at home. Eventually, the therapist supports parents in generalising skills and approaches they have adopted during the play sessions to the broader home environment.
Who would benefit?
Studies have shown positive outcomes in the following populations: