‘For children to play out their experiences and feelings is the most natural dynamic and self-healing process in which children can engage’ - Landreth, 1991


Play Therapy is a means for the child to explore and express their experiences within a trusted and therapeutic space and is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of expression.


It is age appropriate, spontaneous, with a developing theme carried to a resolution and is often used when ‘talking therapies’ do not work.


Individual Play Therapy is for children that are having difficulty socially, emotionally or behaviourally. As each child is an individual these difficulties will show themselves in different ways.


Play Therapy can help children who have experienced:


  • Bereavement / Loss

  • Separated/Divorced Parents

  • Behavioural Problems

  • Communication Problems

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Trauma

  • Abuse

  • Nightmares

  • Delayed Development

  • Unauthorised Absences

  • Social Exclusion

  • Physical illness

  • Adoption issues

  • Difficulties adjusting a big life changes

  • Sensory processing difficulties


Or who are:


  • Bullied/Bullies

  • Withdrawn 

  • Under Performing:

    • Academic

    • Social

    • Cultural

    • Physical


There are a number of different items in the play room that the client can use to express themselves, including a sand tray with dry sand, if there is room a sand tray with wet sand, a selection of symbols, art materials, clay, puppets, musical instruments, train set, dolls house and movement equipment.








Each session lasts 40 minutes and is held at the same time and same place each week. Play Therapy has as few boundaries as possible but each client will know that they are not to hurt themselves, the therapist or any of the items in the room.


These boundaries are essential as they help the client to feel safe and contained, enabling them to express themselves how they need to, not how others think they need to.


If you feel your child would benefit from individual Play Therapy please contact Standing Tall Play Therapy Services stating your child’s difficulties. A therapist will soon be in touch to assess your child.

Phone:  07843574344

© 2014 by Victoria Smith Accredited Play Therapist