What is Non-Directive Play Therapy?
The focus of play therapy is to offer a safe space where the child can process their feelings, thoughts, and life experiences. A Non-Directive Play Therapist’s role does not make any diagnosis of any mental or physical health conditions.
The advantage of this approach is that children spontaneously choose play, communications, and activities. A Non-Directive Play Therapist follows the child’s lead rather than directing sessions. Questions seeking information are only asked exceptionally for clarification.
How can Play Therapy help my child?
Play Therapy can help in many different ways.
- It provides your child with emotional support.
- It can help them make sense of life experiences by playing them out at their own pace.
- By allowing your child to make sense and understand their feelings it will in turn help them cope with the future.
- It can help your child to deal with conflict/angry feelings in more appropriate ways.
- Play therapy can help you to understand your child’s world.
The hope at the end of therapy might include some of the following, a change in the worrying behaviour, improved self-esteem and confidence and stronger relationships with family and friends.
Some reasons for Non-Directive Play Therapy
- Child Parent Relationship
- Self Esteem
- Autism, Add, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- In foster care
- Grief and loss
- Domestic Violence
- Divorce and Separation
- Post hospitalisation
- Sexual abuse
- Trauma due to road traffic accident or disaster
- Developmental issues
- School refusal
- Managing emotional/behavioural difficulties eg. depression or aggression arising from their experiences with family and friends.
How I work…
Questionnaire to be completed and returned 5 days before our Initial Assessment Meeting.
Initial Assessment Meeting – This meeting is either 90 minutes or two hours and I will let you know how long is needed – the referral reason and age of the child determines how long your Initial Assessment Meeting will be.
An Initial Assessment is attended only by parents. I listen without judgement, building a relationship of trust with you. Sometimes the initial assessment is all that is required to give you direction and your next steps, if not together we decide a plan.
Initial Assessment Fee: 90 mins / 1 ½ hours: €150
Initial Assessment Fee: 120 mins / 2 hours: €199
The next step is to arrange a home visit.
A home visit lasts usually 20-30 mins and occasionally an hour.
Home Visit Fee: Usually up to 30 mins €75.00
Mileage is calculated via Eircode from the practice in Clonakilty to and from your home @ .56c/km.
Play Therapy Sessions are made up of a block of 6 sessions.
6 sessions include 5 play therapy sessions and the 6th session is an update meeting with parents/carers.
Play Therapy Session Fees
Initial Assessment needs to be carried out in advance of play therapy.