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Counsellors and Psychotherapists
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What is Play Therapy

Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). As well as relieving symptoms the goal of play therapy can be to build self- esteem and self-awareness, improve ways of expressing emotions, help improve communication, and to help improve relationships. It helps children learn how to develop skills to cope with problems that sometimes occur in childhood and adolescence. The Therapist works collaboratively with children and their parents offering support and guidance through the challenges of childhood, adolescence and the changing life cycle.

Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old (Carmichael, 2006; Gil, 1991; Landreth, 2002; Schaefer, 1993). Teenagers and adults have also benefited from play techniques and recreational processes. To that end, use of play therapy with adults within mental health, agency, and other healthcare contexts is increasing (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005; Schaefer, 2003). In recent years, play therapy interventions have also been applied to infants and toddlers (Schaefer et. al., 2008).

What is Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling is a talking therapy that enables a person to talk about any issues that may be troubling them. A counselling session offers a safe and confidential place in which a client can explore difficult feelings that may be confusing, stressful or painful. Psychotherapists are trained professionals who assist those who are suffering with stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, negative behaviour patterns, debilitating feelings, and various other mental conditions.

The East Clare Community Co-op works from the definition of counselling as provided by the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). The Counsellor relationship respects the client’s personal values, autonomy and capacity for self-determination, forming the basis for confidentiality and is essential for establishing such relationships. The counsellor/psychotherapist offers a collaborative helping relationship in which the client can explore specific issues and develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living.

What is Art Therapy

Art therapy is an allied mental health profession. iacat-accredited art therapists use art media and creative interventions to encourage self-expression and reflection within a therapeutic relationship. The aim is to improve mental health and maintain emotional well-being. Art therapy can promote growth and positive change in people of all ages and abilities. Art therapists work with a wide variety of client groups and in different settings including, but not limited to, education, mental health, statutory and voluntary organisations, healthcare and social services, as well as in private practice.


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