WHAT IS Play Therapy?


Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist uses therapeutic play techniques to help a child address and resolve their own problems.  Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.  Children don’t yet have the capacity to express themselves through words in the way that teens and adults can, and when children have difficulty expressing themselves through words, play can give them the space to work through difficult emotions and experiences.  

Is Play Therapy Right for my Child?

Play therapy is an effective method for treating children who face a very diverse range of issues including (but not limited to): 

  • Anger / Intense Emotions

  • Anxiety

  • Perfectionism

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Grief & Loss

  • Divorce / Family Conflict

  • Trauma

  • ADHD

  • Autism & Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

How does Play Therapy Help? 

Play therapy can help children to:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies

  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems

  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others

  • Learn to experience and appropriately express emotion

  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others

  • Learn new social skills and relationships with family

  • Develop self-efficacy and more confidence in their abilities