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The Windfall Centre is pleased to be able to offer School-based Play Therapy Programmes within educational settings, allowing children facing emotional difficulties an opportunity to access therapeutic support within the school day.

Therapy sessions can be delivered face-to-face (when safe and appropriate to do so) or, in response to Covid-19, via the internet under our Tele-Play programme.  The School-based Play Therapy Programme also offers support and guidance to educational staff in responding to the needs and concerning behaviours of children with attachment difficulties and/or those who are coping with trauma and adversity.

A Really Helpful, understanding team

Therapy sessions can be delivered face-to-face (when safe and appropriate to do so) or, in response to Covid-19, via the internet under our Tele-Play programme.  The School-based Play Therapy Programme also offers support and guidance to educational staff in responding to the needs and concerning behaviours of children with attachment difficulties and/or those who are coping with trauma and adversity.

 

We work closely with parents and carers from our initial meeting to regular reviews throughout the programme. Additionally, your child’s therapist may be available outside of session times to offer guidance and advice. Similarly, professional referrers are kept informed and involved.

(Play Therapy)- It really seems to have helped him manage is emotions

Play Therapy is a proven and effective modality supporting clients of all ages facing a vast array of challenges and adversity. These may include experiences of abuse, trauma, bereavement and loss, domestic violence and family breakdown.

Play Therapy is effective due to the combined effects of the communicative and healing powers of play and the acceptance and containment embedded in the client’s relationship with the Play Therapist.   The child leads the play and the Play Therapist follows, providing safety and containment, regulating and supporting the child’s self expression through the symbols and metaphors of play. Sometimes a more structured approach supports the child to explore specific concerns, or provides a safe space for moving on if the child has become stuck in their play.

Children express their feelings and communicate their experiences through play. They can work through trauma and try out different ideas and solutions for their dilemmas and  gain mastery and confidence through play. Children do this naturally as part of their developmental journey, but when circumstances overwhelm the child’s resources, making them feel anxious and unsafe, they cannot ‘play it out’ without the support and skills of an empathetic and skilled Play Therapist who understands the developmental and mental health needs of the child. The in-depth therapeutic relationship promotes positive change in the child by supporting them to help themselves whilst expanding their capacity and resilience.

Our team of BAPT Play Therapists work closely with parents/carers and we offer attachment focused interventions that attend to the parent & child relationship.

 

See the information section: Filial Therapy and Working with Families.

(therapist) Has been very helpful & lovely to meet (virtually) with.

He can control his emotions better in stressful situations & has very few ‘meltdowns’

We also work closely with professionals, offering advice and support to school staff, social work teams and others working for and on behalf of children at risk.  Our team is trained to work with the developmental and mental health needs of children and young people. Our work is underpinned by intensive training, high levels of clinical supervision personal therapy and rigorous continuing professional development.