We work with children one-to-one and in small groups offering therapeutic support to help them explore and express their emotions. Our staff and volunteers are trained to enable children to share their story and to feel heard in their emotions. Based on Play therapy principles our therapeutic sessions help to give children a voice, and a safe way to communicate and express their feelings through the medium of play and creativity.
Our approach is based on Virginia Axline’s (1969) eight key principles, where we adopt a non-judgmental approach, allowing the child to lead the session at their pace, set clear boundaries appropriate to the needs of the individual and enable them to explore and express their emotions and have these validated. In turn this helps the children express themselves and find ways of coping with their difficulties.
Our sessions can help children for lots of different reasons including children who have witnessed domestic abuse, dealing with family separation, drug and alcohol addictions, bereavement, diagnosis of physical and mental disabilities, bullying, low self-esteem, anger issues and/or family breakdowns.