“Intraquest was inspired by personal challenge, renewed hope and transformation. With this we wholeheartedly believe there are no ‘hopeless people’, just people lacking hope!” JEN & KAREN
What is Play Therapy?
“Play Therapy is a mode of therapy that helps children to explore their feelings, to express themselves and make sense of their life experiences” (BAPT, 2002 p.1)
Sometimes it’s difficult to put our feelings into words, even as adults. This is the same for children, only sometimes they do not have the vocabulary to talk about what is going on for them. This is where play comes in. For children, play is one of the most powerful ways of communicating and working things out. Play therapy enables your child or young person to explore their difficulties & understand them, often allowing them to alter their perspective, so that they are less likely to blame themselves for any of the difficulties they are facing. Our Therapists will provide a bespoke kit of play equipment to help your child express themselves in a way that feels safe and familiar to them.
Who is it for?
This approach is particularly effective with children aged 4 – 12 years, however, it has been proven to be just as effective with young people, when the skills are adapted for this age range. Here are some of the struggles and life experiences that a Filial therapy approach may be ideal for…
• Emotional dysregulation
• Control & other fear-based responses
• Attachment & Trauma related difficulties
• Witnessed domestic violence
• Drug misusing adults
• Parental separation/divorce
• Separation from culture, parents and/or family
• Struggling with illness, are young carers or have siblings with disabilities
• Abuse: Emotional, physical, neglect, sexual
What is the process?
Step 1: Complete the online referal form here.
Step 2: Await contact from an IntraQuest Therapist to discuss the referral.
Step 3: Quotation & Assessment. If applicable a quotation for therapy will be provided and once approved the assessment process will begin. The assessment involves chatting through current and past observations of your child and looks into significant events throughout your family’s history.
Step 4: Play Therapy begins. If all seems well and there is enough support available for you and your child, then a meeting will be arranged with your child to chat about Play Therapy and to run through all the practical arrangements, and of-course to answer any questions that may arise. A leaflet and appointment card will be provided for you and your child. Confidentiality and consent from all parties will be explored at this point too. Once everyone feels settled, we will begin sessions.
Step 5: Review. Every half-term there will be a review meeting with all parties to chat about how therapy is going and to highlight any strategies that may be useful. Your therapist will also discuss with you how many more sessions will be required. On average, dependent upon history and experiences, a child will require at least 20 sessions.
Step 6: Closure. Once the allocated number of sessions has been completed, there will be a closure meeting and where required and Summary Report will be provided.
How much does it cost?
As a not-for-profit organisation we can periodically apply for grants to help support our children and families with their therapeutic journey. Do chat with us about this when you make contact. See our services brochure for more information on pricing.
We work in line with the BAPT, PTUK & BACP code of ethics and in line with current child protection legislation, therefore we will never keep information to ourselves where we believe an individual we are working with is at risk. Where our children or young people are working with other agencies, we will always encourage appropriate information sharing, in order that therapy compliments any other care plans in place. Consent for this must be given by the client before contact is made.