ATIC’s Play Therapy Dubai Programme
ATIC is delighted to be able to offer its play therapy Dubai programme at the 1st Arts Therapy Centre in the UAE, with qualified arts therapists. This approach is especially useful for young children who can explore their emotional experiences through the medium of play therapy. Providing a window on their world and a way for them to express their feelings.
Play Therapy is a well-established standalone therapy based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative shows that it is highly effective in the treatment of many childhood challenges. Recent research in the UK suggests that as high as 71% of children referred show a positive change.
Play, the ability to explore and experiment, encourages the reprocessing of experience through unconscious symbolic representation. Research shows that people who have the opportunity to play feel less constricted, are more creative and able to process and make sense of experiences faster. At ATIC, we actively encourage exploration of materials and experimentation through our Dubai programme.
Clients, adults and children alike are encouraged to use miniature toys, figurines, and objects in the sand in ways they choose, also having a choice to add water to the sand. The design of the sand tray is guided by the individual’s imagination and their subconscious. The result is a microcosm reflective of their inner world. The world within the sand tray is expressed through symbolism and metaphor, and may not even make immediate sense to the person creating it, but is explored therapeutically aided by the therapist who is specialized in Sandplay Therapy. The client can then begin to recognize the relationship between the creation in the sand and their own inner world.