Modern, non-directive Play Therapy is based on Carl Rogers’ person centre approach and theories of child development, attachment and separation.  Virginia Axline, a student of Rogers, was instrumental in developing client centred play therapy which gives children and adults the opportunity to play out and express their feelings and problems. 

Play Therapy provides a free and protected space where client and therapist meet.  Here the client has the opportunity to explore at their own pace those issues from the past or present, conscious or unconscious that are affecting their lives and functioning in the here and now.  Play therapy enables the client to access inner resource and resilience and through the therapeutic alliance allows growth and change to happen.

People of all ages come to the therapy for a myriad of reasons. These could include issues involving- loss and separation, stress, anxieties, phobias, abuse, bullying, chronic illness, disability, trauma, autism and behavioural difficulties.

“Play therapy…offers the individual to be himself, to learn to know himself, to chart his own course openly and above board – to rotate the kaleidoscope so to speak, that he may for a more satisfactory design for living.”  Virginia Axline