Play therapy is a treatment method that applies the therapeutic benefits of play while helping children address and resolve their problems. It provides a safe environment for children to express themselves and their underlying conflict. Play therapy addresses issues of isolation, misbehavior, acting out, and emotional distress.
During a play therapy session, a therapist can assess a child's behaviors through play exercises. Through interactions with a therapist, children can learn to communicate their feelings, to adjust their behavior, and to develop new coping skills. Possible benefits of play therapy include:
- Respect of others
- Improved expression of emotions
- Adjusted/responsible behaviors
- Coping/management strategies
- New/creative problem-solving skills
While play therapy is helpful for most children, it is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old.
Therapists who specialize in this area: