Teenagers have always felt in conflict and sometimes this stage of growth can be very troubled for some. In my experience it depends on each individual young person and the support that the family and the school system provides to the process, whether the therapy takes place at school during term time or after school hours somewhere else. During adolescence it is possible that Social Work or Mental Health become involved and make a referral for individual work. Group work for this age tends to be more Focused work either within the school day or as an after school club-initiative. Teenagers tend to prefer expressive materials rather than toys, although there must be on offer the possibility to be a younger child if needed.
How could adults benefit from Play Therapy? It can help get in touch with the (wounded) inner child, be useful for people who had traumatic childhoods; allow adults to learn about and/or re-experience play. It can help carer-child and family relationships. It can help adults and adolescents who have repressed their earlier lives as a result of abuse.
Individual Child centred Play Therapy is my main interest and I am open to combining different types of media for the child to find a voice. These include toys, art materials, sand tray, story telling, role playing and feedback sessions with the parents/carers. Play therapy can help children to recover from difficult life experiences; it can also help children to be more receptive to learning and therefore enables their educational needs to be better met.
By mixed company I mean several possible combinations: such as Parent/Carer and child (children from 3.5 yrs of age); Group Play Therapy with children(children from 7-8 yrs of age); Group work with adolescents. This kind of work requires careful preparation and planning.