Play therapy incorporates games, toys, creative arts and other interactive activities to engage the child. These activities provide healing through emotional expression. Play is shown to help children increase their ability to make friends, control impulses and foster healthy development. Children can also "work through" difficult feelings and worries that they might be having.
Children can come to play therapy for a variety of reasons. They may be struggling at school, having difficulty establishing positive relationships with peers, or they may have seen or experienced something scary or traumatizing. Children also benefit from play therapy if they have been through, or are going through, a particularly difficult transition, such as a divorce or another change in family structure, adjusting to a new community after having moved, or starting a new school.
Play therapy takes into account each child’s unique presentation and social-emotional needs. It acknowledges that children often do not like to express themselves in the same way as adults. The utilization of both verbal and non-verbal techniques makes play therapy an ideal treatment for children ages three to twelve, as they are inclined to want to talk and play.
My office is stocked with toys and games that are familiar to children and tend to inspire creative responses. Office space is also used for physical movement activities and art interventions.