“In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language."
Play Therapy can help children...
-Healthy attachment skills
-Emotion Regulation Skills
-Anger & Anxiety Management
-Appropriate Communication Skills
-Patience & Responsible Choices
-How to Follow Limits
-Self-Harming & Destructive Behaviors
-Anxiety & Stress
-Self-Doubt & Low Self-Esteem
-Anger & Frustration
-Unhealthy Attachments & Relationships
Play Therapy is beneficial for children who have experienced...
-Chronic or terminal illness
-Post Traumatic Stress
-Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Abuse
-Witnessed Domestic Violence
-Divorce or Separation of Parents
-Neglect & Abandonment
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is an evidence-based counseling approach which enables children to express themselves through a developmentally natural form of communication: play. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Play therapy is utilized to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies.
How does Play Therapy help?
Children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others through play. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play Therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.