Jigsaw Play Therapy Service at Bradfields
Play Therapy is a proven process that helps students to explore and then understand difficult feelings and situations which can cause them to become anxious, aggressive, disruptive, unhappy, highly emotional, withdrawn or simply unable to concentrate. Play is a child’s natural form of expression and as we get older we can often forget how important the ability to play is to us. Whilst adults are more able to express themselves verbally, the students at our academy may be more able to consider, identify and acknowledge their feelings through play.
Who is Play Therapy for?
- Low Self-Esteem
- Bullying or Being Bullied
- Separation / Loss
- Peer Relationships
- Appears Sad or Withdrawn
- Suffers anxiety, stress or phobias
- Being placed in the Care System
- Anger / Aggression
- Autistic Spectrum
- Poor Attendance
Why should we choose Play Therapy?
Play Therapy enables the participant to reflect on, understand, accept and work through difficult emotions in a safe and emotionally supportive environment. They are able to choose to express themselves both verbally and non-verbally making use of the offered toys and creative arts materials. We call these things the ‘Tool-kit’.
Clay, Dance and Movement, Sandplay, Small World Play, Storytelling, Puppets, Music, Art, Drama / Role Play, and Creative Visualisation.
How does it work?
If you feel that your child would benefit from Play Therapy you are welcome to make a referral. Referrals can also be made by staff and of course students themselves. Once all the paperwork including parental permission is received and we are ready to begin, the sessions will be set for the same day and time each week. There is a lovely well equipped room allocated for this purpose within the academy.
I use a predominantly non-directive person centred approach which enables those engaged to work at a pace that suits them. A more directive approach can be applied, if required.
This method ensures that students begin to self-reflect rather than be guided towards a solution which they may not be confident with. Working this way helps them to build trust in the therapeutic relationship and also in their own ability to ‘heal’ themselves.