Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Play Therapy (age 4-12)

Play therapy for children & young people in Brighton & Hove, provided by YMCA DownsLink Group and the Wellbeing Service.

The CYP (Children and Young People) part of the Wellbeing Service is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that we typically offer to children aged 4-12 years old. It can help children to freely express their feelings and make sense of significant life experiences through play, which is a child’s natural form of expression. Being child-led, it enables children to choose how to use the sessions and safely work through difficulties in their own way and at their own pace.

Our therapist tracks and facilitates the child’s play, offering a wide range of resources, which enable creative expression at a developmentally appropriate level. Play therapy aims to help children to understand and better manage their life situations and relationships, communicate emotions more effectively, build self-confidence and increase resilience.

Who is PLay Therapy for?

Children typically aged 4-12 with mild to moderate mental health presentations, who would benefit from creative, child-led therapy in response to difficulties such as low mood, stress or self-esteem issues.

Play therapy is particularly useful for children who find verbal communication difficult.