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Play therapy

Play therapy allows children and young people to express and understand their emotions through play. Play therapy is especially useful for children and young people who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, whether this be due to age or a specific condition. At HSR Psychology, we can deliver play therapy across a variety of settings.

Who is suitable for play therapy?

At HSR Psychology, play therapy may be suitable for young people from 2 years up to the age of 18. Play therapy may only be provided to young people from 14-18 years old if they have a SEND.

Play therapy may be beneficial for those who have difficulties with: 

If you would like more information about how play therapy could benefit you or your child, then please contact us

A child during a play therapy session

A child during a play therapy session

What are the benefits of play therapy?

Play therapybenefits the child or young person in numerous ways, including:

Following play therapy, recommendations for how to support the individual will be provided. Our recommendations are useful for continuing the individual’s social and emotional wellbeing.

What happens prior to play therapy?

Play therapy can be carried out once an initial discussion has taken place, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during play therapy?

During play therapy the young person will often have the opportunity to use different toys through which they can express themselves in a non-judgemental environment. Play therapy can also involve various activities like arts, crafts, dance, and drama which are useful for self-expression. Through play therapy, trained specialist can usually understand how the individual expresses themselves non-verbally. Understanding how a child expresses themselves allows the specialist to develop useful ways to communicate with the child about their thoughts and feelings. Play therapy can be used effectively on an individual basis and in a group.

What happens after play therapy?

Following play therapy the young person will have the ability to use various outlets for their thoughts and feelings. Follow up sessions may be recommended if the child or young person begins to struggle with overwhelming emotions or social communication. Outcomes from play therapy can be provided within a meeting with us, or a written report. You will be supported throughout the intervention and at HSR Psychology we provide follow up support, should you need it.

Does play therapy come with a report?

Feedback from play therapy is available, if requested, via a written report which will highlight useful ways to facilitate the child or young person's needs. We always recommend a report following an intervention. This report details what was carried out, the impact of our intervention and any further recommendations. A report from play therapy can be used for many purposes. Some of these may be: personal use, school use, support with an application, or evidence for a different reason. Find out more about our reports.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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