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Who can benefit?

Research has found Play Therapy to be an effective therapeutic approach for a variety of children's difficulties including:

  • Adjusting to family changes
  • Making friends
  • Excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and shyness
  • Aggression and acting out behaviours
  • School difficulties
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Social adjustment issues
  • Separation anxiety
  • Sleeping and eating difficulties
  • Self concept and self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Autism (other than severe autism)
  • Chronic illness/hospitalisation/surgery
  • Physical symptoms without any medical cause
  • Bonding and Attachment
  • Foster, adoption and identity issues
  • Prenatal and birth trauma
  • Selective mutism
  • Near death experiences

Research and Evidence Based Research for Child Centered Play Therapy:


For evidence based research on the effectiveness of Child Centered Play Therapy, the following excellent book is available: 

Child Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice by Jennifer N.Baggerly (Author, Editor), Dee C. Ray (Author, Editor), Sue C. Bratton (Author, Editor).

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