Play Therapy

why play therapy

It is a common question, how does play become therapy? Play Therapy is a technique used to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. Children play naturally, they imitate and process what they see from the world aroung them and create in fantasy their inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking. The play therapist observes, interacts, and participates allowing the child to be heard, not judged, in order to process these thoughts and feelings. 

When a child first comes to see me, I will briefly talk with them about why mom or dad has brought them to therapy. I will let them know that what they have to share is just between us as counseling is a safe place for children to share complex emotions. I will introduce them to the playroom and demonstrate various way they can share their thoughts and feelings through the medium of play. 

Some kids prefer to just talk. This is OK. There is no pressure or requirement to draw or tell stories in order for therapy to work with a child. 

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