Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists;
MA in Play Therapy (Distinction).
(BAPT UK Website)
Reconnect Play Therapy is here to spread the word about what play therapy is and how it can help to reconnect people with our feelings, our experiences and each other. I hope this website will answer some of your questions. Do contact me if you have specific enquiries.
Most people are intrigued when I mention I am a play therapist but they are not sure what it means. After all, from an adult perspective play may seem insignificant or be seen as an educational tool. When we describe a child ‘just playing’ we can easily miss the depth of their emotional, cognitive and developmental experience and the impact it has on their thinking, feelings, relationships and learning.
Play is powerful and purposeful. Children play to communicate, explore and learn about their worlds and experiences. Play is not only for fun, it is essential for healthy physical, emotional and social development.
‘Come and play with me!’ is our invitation and opportunity to help children enjoy and make sense of their world. Children have only had a few years of practice with words but they are experts at playing; they can express powerful emotions and experiences much more clearly through play than through words.
Sue Smith MA, PGCE, Play Therapist.