Play therapy with small groups of children or adolescents can be a very effective way of addressing many issues such as low self esteem, poor social skills, or difficult life events such as bereavement or separation.
These groups are usually held in schools and can facilitate four to six participants. Group play therapy can run for six or eight weeks, depending on the needs of the group.
The group will work through their issue using a combination of games, creative activities, story telling and role play. Safety and confidentiality are assured, in order for the group to feel free to express and explore their feelings in a positive, non-judgemental atmosphere. Children and adolescents who have participated in previous groups have reported that it was highly enjoyable, made them feel more confident and they wished the group could have gone on for longer.
Forming a Group
Groups are usually chosen by the school, who identify those children who may benefit from this type of play therapy.
Groups are kept together in one gender, and should be around the same age (within two years).
Sessions last one hour per week and the fee each week is €20 pp. (full course to be paid in advance).
*Please note- for children with serious or complex issues individual play therapy would be recommended rather than group play therapy. If you are not sure which is the best approach for your child you can contact me to discuss your concerns and I will help you choose the best ‘fit’ for your child.