Play & Creative Arts Therapy

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a way of giving children the opportunity to explore their experiences, thoughts, emotions and desires in a safe non-judgmental environment, with the support of the therapist. Play is a child’s natural means of expression and is a safe way to communicate, talking usually becomes secondary. Through the therapeutic alliance, formed with the therapist, the child is able to move forward and develop at their own pace. They are supported to draw on their inner resources and build resilience so that change can occur. Play Therapy is essentially a way of helping children to heal themselves. Within the play therapy space children take the lead, they make decisions and solve problems. They are able to use any of the items in the tool kit as they wish. The space has as few boundaries as possible yet as many as necessary.

Creative Arts Therapy

Older children and young people may choose to play, however they may also be more comfortable utilising art, clay or SandStory® materials. As therapy is child/person-centred they are free to make those decisions and do what they feel is most appropriate for them at the time.

Play & Creative Arts Therapy is suitable for people of all ages but is most often used with primary school aged children, including those who:

  • have low self esteem 
  • are withdrawn or seem unhappy
  • suffer from anxiety, stress or a phobia
  • find it difficult to make friends
  • bully others or who are bullied themselves
  • struggle to contain their feelings
  • are experiencing changes at home
  • have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse
  • are a looked after child
  • have experienced loss through bereavement, family breakdown or separation from culture of origin
  • struggle to concentrate or present hyperactivity
  • are at risk of being excluded
  • are not realising their potential
  • have regular nightmares or disturbed sleep
  • are ill, disabled or who support carers or siblings with disabilities

Dobbie Stones offers both one-to-one and group sessions.

Groups are usually made up of between 4 and 6 children who have SDQs below 16 and have an aim that is common for the group.

Referrers & parents/carers have an initial referral meeting where Goodman’s SDQs (Goodman’s Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires, 1997) are completed for the child/children and these are discussed alongside ‘Hoped For Outcomes’ of the child/children receiving therapy.

For one-to-one an initial block of 12 sessions is offered and this is reviewed at the 8-week point. A decision will be made to either end after 12 weeks or continue until it is appropriate to end.

For groups an initial 6 sessions are planned and reviewed. A group may continue for up to 12 sessions.

An end report will be provided if required.

If you are interested in booking a session, please get in touch.