As a child psychologist it is found that young children often experience feelings and anxieties that may be difficult to express in words. Child psychology or play therapy provides the child with the opportunity to express his/her feelings, and to feel understood.
In therapy with young children, I take time to get to know the child, and allow him/her to express his/her feelings and experiences through play and through words.
Early on in the therapy, I help the child to understand that therapy is a safe space where s/he can bring his/her feelings to share. The working through of difficult experiences in play therapy helps to build the child's resilience and equips the child to cope better with the challenges they face outside of the therapy space.
I also meet regularly with the child’s parents, to ensure that we work together to understand and support the child.