Silver Linings Counseling

Helping you find your silver lining

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:

  • Self-acceptance
  • 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.

Therapist who specialize in this area: