Many children need help and support while growing up. Some have emotional and behaviour issues that prevent them from fulfilling their potential, or hinder school learning. Some studies indicate that 20% of children have some form of psychological problem. Statistics by Play Therapy UK indicate that up to 83% of children undertaking play therapy or therapeutic play experience a positive change. It is also essential to realise that mental health, like physical health, is as much about prevention as cure.

What Can Play Therapy Help With?

Children who have had the following problems have responded well to play therapy:

  • Academically failing
  • At risk of being excluded from school
  • Has been excluded from school
  • Is hyperactive
  • Has suffered trauma
  • Is thought to exhibit ADHD
  • Suffered emotional abuse
  • Suffered physical or sexual abuse
  • Is adopted or fostered
  • Issues after separation of parents
  • Suffers stress, anxiety or phobias
  • Has suffered loss or bereavement
  • Is withdrawn or often unhappy
  • Is disabled
  • Suffers from a long-term illness
  • Is on the autistic spectrum
  • Finds it difficult to make friends
  • Frequent outbursts/violent temper
  • Quarrels often with peers/siblings
  • Bullies others or is bullied
  • Displays inappropriate behaviour
  • Has nightmares or disturbed sleep
  • Doesn’t play