“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
The playroom should be a fun place for kids to freely explore their emotional world and their individual needs.
It is a place for finding solutions to troubles, worries and dilemma’s in a creative and playful way. Entering this space, a child can count on a grown-up who is truly interested in understanding what is happening and how it is affecting the experiences of this specific child. It offers an adult willing to engage and connect with a child with patience and compassion, even in the more uncomfortable feelings such as anger, anxiety and grief.
The therapist constantly keeps in mind that children think and feel uniquely and that their cognitive and emotional repertoire is still developing. Understanding their perspective and acknowledging their responses to their environment forms the foundation for this process.
Play therapy provides a platform for getting to know what feelings really are and how they can support us in meeting our needs, shaping our behavior and growing towards healthy independence.
Children battling with anxiety, sadness, anger, adjustments and transitions, bereavement and exposure to trauma, could benefit from play therapy. The process aims to strengthen self-control, confidence, self-esteem and support emotional, social and behavioral development.