Play therapy; how it reveals a child’s inner emotional views
Play therapy is not just play – it involves the use of structured and unstructured fun activities that can help children express their feelings and thoughts and share their experiences. It can help them explain and understand their experiences, allow them to respond to their world and to connect with others.
Young children can easily communicate through play what they may find hard to verbalise. Children may have feelings that are too overwhelming for them to put into words, but during play therapy they are able to express those feelings freely. By playing, they can assume control of a situation that they may feel they have no control over in ‘real life’, where the adults are in charge.
Working with play therapists, play therapy can be deeply restorative, helping children work through their issues with difficult emotions. It gives children a voice, allowing them to be seen and heard, teaches them that their feelings and thoughts are valid, that it’s okay to talk about their fears, and that they have adults around them that can help them process and understand their fears.
The Wishing Well foundation
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.
The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.
The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.
The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.
Support the Wishing Well
The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW. Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis. The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:
- Funding availability
- The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
- The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
- Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person
The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information: