From Parents and Carers

‘I’ve got my little boy back.’

‘I believe they understand more about their life. Excellent and has helped my young person. Thank you’ (Life Story work)

‘I cannot fault this therapy.  I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their child. I was very lucky to have been offered this service and I thank you very much.’ (Filial Therapy)

‘I have already told friends and family that Filial has been a huge support and helps you see many issues and problems through the eyes of your child, much better understanding.’

‘Filial therapy has been a huge help.  It has provided me with the right tools to move forward and away from continual tricky situations. The therapy has helped me and …  to create a better understanding of day to day issues.’

‘Before sessions I felt my communication with my kids was more about asking them to complete tasks rather than just enjoying my interactions and spending time to play with them. The sessions have taught me how to communicate with the kids in a way that opens up their emotions to me. I can see they are more relaxed and talkative with me and we now have a much stronger bond.’ (Filial therapy)


From Teachers and other professionals

‘He has increased his ability to play co-operatively with others in the class. I have noticed very marked improvement in self esteem which is fabulous to see.’ (Teacher)

‘Very positive change … much more able to work proactively and to manage his emotions’ (Teacher)

‘Children have greater ability to talk through problems with greater ease.’ (Teacher)

‘Children benefit in terms of confidence, self esteem and social skills.’ (Teacher)

‘He has increased his ability to play co-operatively with others in the class. I have noticed very marked improvement in self esteem which is fabulous to see.’ (Teacher)

‘Having a play therapist in school is like having a photocopier – we used to manage in schools without one, but now we can’t imagine it.  The play therapist provided invaluable expertise in play therapy. All the children that the therapist has worked with has benefited greatly from her input. The therapeutic work was an integral aspect of the work done to promote confidence and resilience, explore difficult and challenging  scenarios in a positive way.  The impact of her work was very apparent.  Through the medium of play children were given the opportunity to express their feelings and understand the events that have taken place. This process offered children new skills to help them deal with their circumstances and move forward.’ (Depute Head)

‘The child I referred to the Play Therapy Base was referred because of his complex emotional and behavioural issues and in particular to give him the support that he needs to be able to explore some of his feelings and begin addressing some of his difficulties.  This child has developed in leaps and bounds since he began to attend the Play Therapy Base.  He has used the sessions to start thinking about some of his past experiences, making sense of his feelings and testing out ways to communicate these, addressing some of his controlling behaviours and anxieties, as well as for relaxation. This service has formed a key part of the child’s care plan.  He has had a very unstable life over the past few years, such that he has not had the time and space to be able to address his previous traumatic experiences.  He began play therapy at a time that he began to settle in a stable foster placement.  This was seen to be a good time for the child to begin play therapy and the work he has done appears to have been pivotal in the progress that the child has made in relation to his development, his foster placement and within his school.  It appears to have been the gentle introduction he has needed to address his issues while also giving professionals working with him some insight into his emotional life and welfare, something which had been previously very difficult for professionals to assess because of the child’s difficulties in communicating his feelings.’ (Social Worker)

‘Many of the children we work with do not have the ability, capacity, knowledge or even willingness to express what they think or feel; or to understand the around them. I think play is the most suitable medium for some children to communicate. Play is a fun and enjoyable activity. I believe it encourages and helps children to express and get to know themselves. Therapy through play can also relieve them from feeling stressed, confused, worried, etc.  I have seen evidence of play therapy helping children to ‘connect’ to their environment and other people in a more positive way. Play therapy in many cases provided stimulation which helped children think and explore more creatively while feeling safe and secure. Play will support a child’s learning and development overall, and more importantly in the area we work, it will help children to regulate their emotions and boost their confidence and self-esteem.  I really hope the children of Midlothian will continue to benefit from the support that you and your colleagues are offering for a long time!’ (Looked After and Accommodated Child Review Chairperson)