Often children go through difficult times such as trouble making friends, divorce of their parents, illness and death of a loved one or adjusting to changes at home or school. Some children need more support than others to get through these tough times. Play therapy is the most age appropriate treatment for helping children work through difficult times and helping parents gain better insight and understanding of what their child is experiencing.
Play Therapy is designed especially for children using the natural activity of play to communicate the child’s experiences, feelings, worries and beliefs to a trained play therapist. A trained play therapist can assess and understand a child’s play and enter the child’s world through the medium of play to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems.
Children do not have the insight or vocabulary to directly verbalize their feelings or experiences as adults do. What counseling and therapy strives for in work with adults, play therapy aims to do for children. Through play therapy, children learn to express feelings, communicate with others, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.