Darling BUDS Of Play – Play Therapy

The therapist facilitates the child’s self healing through the use of principles devised by V. Axline and C. Rogers person centred approach.

The therapist engages by:

  • Developing a warm and friendly relationship
  • Accepting the child exactly as they are
  • Establishing a feeling of permission so the child feels free to express feelings completely
  • Being alert to recognise feelings the child is expressing and reflects those feelings back in such a manner that provides insight
  • Maintaining deep respect for the child’s ability to solve problems. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is in the child
  • Being directed by the child’s actions. The child leads the way, the therapist follows
  • Recognising the child’s gradual process to their own healing and development
  • Only establish limitations necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make the child aware of their responsibility
  • (based on: Axline, V. 1974)
Emotional problems are alleviated and well-being enhanced as the therapist protects her ethics and safe practice throughout the process.

The client establishes a feeling of:

  • Total loyalty and trust towards the practitioner and within the protection of confidentiality, holding the space, maintaining safe boundaries and child protection issues
  • Autonomy and self-governance through assessing and owning decisions made within the playroom. In-turn developing the capacity of self-healing
  • Actions that promote their well-being and generate the best possible outcome in all aspects of life
  • A commitment to avoiding harm or exploitation within the development of the relationship
  • A sense of complete justice and fairness
  • Self-respect and self-knowledge towards the fostering of personal development
  • (based on: PTUK Ethical Principles, 2002)
Once explored and accepted within the safety of the playroom, children will be ready to reflect these feelings into their outer world. The process defines individuality and develops neurological pathways for life.

Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults