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I Hear You,
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Gary Landreth

Welcome to Blossom Play Therapy, a therapeutic service which supports emotional wellbeing and mental health through Play and Creative Arts Therapy. I am an independent freelance therapist and I am based in Blackburn, Lancashire in the North-West region. I also operate within the North-West.

It can sometimes be difficult to understand the way we are feeling or the emotions we are experiencing, especially if we are going through a form of difficulty or if there is something worrying us. However, adults have the capability to talk about their feelings and emotions verbally.

However, what if it is a child or young person? We know that children and adolescent’s often find it difficult to talk about something that is worrying them or upsetting them. As a result, this is shown in their presenting behaviour. They do not necessarily have the understanding, vocabulary or cognitive ability to convey how they are feeling. Therefore, verbal therapy may not be the best option for a young person, so this is where play and creative arts therapy comes in. You may wonder why play and creative arts? It is because play is a child’s natural language, and what better way to express themselves than the language of play.

How can play therapy help adults?

While adults are typically more than capable of expressing their feelings, they may not always feel comfortable or ready to do so. Utilising symbolism and metaphor can be a powerful tool in evoking feelings and emotions from the subconscious in a safe and gentle way. Because of this, this particular type of therapy can be tailored to the individual’s needs, and the right approach and style can facilitate healing. Moreover, the sessions don’t even have to take place in person; they can be conducted online, which makes it more accessible and convenient for those who may have difficulty traveling to meet with a therapist. That being said, it is important to note that the best results are typically achieved when the therapist and the adult have the opportunity to work together in person. Nonetheless, this type of therapy can be incredibly effective for adults, no matter what the circumstances.

Our Mission

Blossom Play Therapy is dedicated to the emotional well-being and mental health of children, young people and individual’s in general. Blossom Play Therapy values the importance of healthy development and for this to happen, a happy and healthy self is important. I endeavor to offer a valuable person-centered approach to facilitate healing and positive self-expression in a safe and contained environment.

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Who Can Benefit From Play And Creative Arts Therapy?
Children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced the following issues…
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What People Say About Us

Play and Creative Arts therapy is a valuable therapeutic medium which has helped children to overcome various issues and difficulties.
To name a few of these are bereavement, trauma, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Many of these issues affected the children in terms of their learning, behaviour and their home life. Yasmin is a dedicated Play Therapy

Mrs Khan, St Oswalds Primary School in Knuzden, Blackburn, Lancashire.

I feel Play Therapy has been helpful for my son. Before he was depressed but now he is happy, he is happier in himself.
I would recommend this therapy to others. It can bring a lot of confidence in the child. I feel what we wanted has been achieved from the therapy.

Parent - Mrs, Blackburn

Play Therapy has been beneficial especially for my grandson, especially when the child has been through an ordeal. It has definitely helped him to feel better. Play Therapy helps to see what happens in a child's mind as children do not always speak about it.

Grandparent - Mr H, Blackburn

I would recommend Play Therapy to other parents. I feel A’s behaviour has changed in a better way, especially his reaction to different situations.

Parent - Mr. H, Manchester

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