Individual, family and group play therapy uses the therapeutic powers of play within a supportive relationship of unconditional acceptance to help families and children prevent or resolve social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, improve communication and coping skills, and achieve optimal growth and development. Children often have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings in words, but play provides a psychologically safe context for children to address their difficulties because it is naturally enjoyable and removed from the “real world”.
Through play with games, toys, and expressive arts, FLM counsellors help children to find outlet for their feelings, gain experience, increase their socio-emotional skills, and gain mastery over difficulties. And adults can find relief in talking over their difficulties with an FLM counsellor. Play therapy is suitable for all ages, and is particularly helpful for infants, toddlers and children from birth to 12 years of age.