Play Therapy

Play therapy is a counseling approach that is primarily used to help children from the ages four to twelve. Play therapy helps children freely express feelings, repressed thoughts, and emotions through play. It typically occurs in an open, safe, and comfortable playroom, where they can explore with few rules or limits. This openness encourages free expression and exploration and allows the counselor to observe the child’s choices, decisions, and play style.

The overall goal of play therapy is to help children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to problem solve. It is often beneficial for children with social or emotional deficits as it helps them learn to…

  • Communicate better
  • Become more responsible for behaviors
  • Develop more successful problem-solving strategies
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotions easier
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better confidence about their abilities

Play therapy is appropriate for children experiencing stressful situations like…

  • serious illness or hospitalization
  • domestic violence
  • abuse
  • a family crisis
  • upsetting change in their environment
  • learning disabilities
  • attention deficit disorders
  • behavioral disorders
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • depression

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