Play and Art therapy are two different modes of treatment. Art therapy is an expressive form of treatment that takes the creative side of a person to make art that improves a person’s psychological and emotional well-being. Play therapy is used for children and conveys their behaviour and communication through the natural way that they play.
Art therapy is therapeutic in nature and beneficial for the clients that experience illness, trauma, challenges and those that seek personal development. The process helps the person to cope with symptoms, stressful and traumatic experiences, and positively become aware of the self and their environment, enhance cognition and appreciate the pleasures of life.
During play therapy, children play in a comfortable and appropriate setting. A safe haven for them to use their imagination and thoughts whilst coping with issues e.g. behavioural issues.
The process of reflection promotes a healthier way for children to cope with negative symptoms and various situations.
The psychologist uses several ways to engage with children. Some examples of play activities include toys, puppets, props sand, art or structured games. Art therapy has a slightly different effect. It seems to be effective in improving mood, sensory integration, and calming the body and mind, especially with children who have experienced traumatic events. Additionally, it is an art expression in a form of non-verbal communication. It is another way to communicate their thoughts, emotions or perceptions if they have difficulty to express with words.
There is substantial and growing evidence for the effectiveness of play therapy. It may not be suitable for every child. At Positive Perceptions Psychology we conduct a thorough assessment beforehand to establish the best method of therapy for the child.