Is Play Therapy effective? YES!
According to current research* up to 83% of children receiving play therapy to Play Therapy UK's standards reported positive change.
Rainbow Play Therapy sessions can completely transform a child, bringing a healing process whose effects will be felt for the rest of their life. A young person who is troubled, anxious, scared or has difficulty functioning emotionally or socially can find solace, comfort and healing through this form of therapy.
It helps the child
Through play the child will often process their deepest unconscious emotions, enabling them to make sense of often harrowing experiences. Through this week-by-week intervention a child can often undergo dramatic change as it alters their behaviour and boosts often low self-esteem.
In many cases the process enables them to "find" themselves as they gain the ability to cope with their life and its challenges. Through play therapy they can think differently, act differently, be differently.
Achieving this healing so young is vital, helping not only to alleviate their immediate concerns, but delivering an enhanced likelihood of emotional stability through adulthood.
It helps the child's family and friends
Play therapy's extraordinary potential to heal a young person can lead to stronger, more positive relationships with those around them, which further builds and reinforces their emotional well-being. The positive change in a perhaps previously behaviourally challenging child is welcomed by their peers and adults alike.
At home, as the child develops through their therapy, the positivity they can gain from the sessions can lead to different behaviour which potentially strengthens family bonds, making for a calmer, more positive home environment.
At school, the child's increased self esteem can enable them to interact differently with classmates and teachers. This can potentially not only enhance their social skills and confidence, but can have a huge academic impact by improving concentration and focus, which builds more positive relationship with teachers and further increases their self-esteem.
* "An effective way of promoting children's well-being and alleviating emotional, behavioural and mental health problems (PTUK 2012)", a study of 8,000 cases for Play Therapy UK