What can I do to help?
You are very important in supporting your child through the process. Be consistent and encouraging to your child about attending sessions regularly. Resist the urge to ask your child what they did, as this will put pressure on them to comment on something they may have difficulty understanding themselves.
Please don’t ask your child to ‘be good’ or check they have been. Therapy is not about being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and your child must feel free to express ‘bad’ feelings in an uncensored way.
Don’t insist that your child tell certain things. It is their time and they must feel free to express themselves at their own pace. Instead, tell your concerns to the Play Therapist on a separate occasion.
Play can be messy and it is helpful if your child can wear old clothes to minimise their anxiety about this.
During any therapeutic intervention, behaviour may appear to get worse before it gets better – please tell your child’s Play Therapist if you have any concerns. Please also feel free to ask your child’s Play Therapist any questions throughout the process.