What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy helps children to address and resolve their own problems and builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.
How can Play Therapy help my child?
Play therapy makes a difference! Play is an enjoyable, fun activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom and, most importantly, helps us express ourselves. Play therapy helps children:
- Become more responsible for their behaviors and develop more successful strategies to manage them
- Discover new, creative solutions to their problems
- Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
- Learn to experience and express their emotions
- Cultivate empathy and respect for the thoughts and feelings of others
- Learn new social and relational skills
- Develop self-efficacy and a better assuredness of their abilities
Our Play Therapists help children manage a variety of social, emotional, behavioral & developmental challenges, including:
- Life Transitions such as divorce or separation, death, illness, relocation, new baby, etc.
- Depression, anxiety, & stress
- Fears and phobias
- Anger, impulsivity, tantrums & other behavioral issues
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD & ADHD)
- Relationship difficulties
- Developmental Issues
- Foster care and adoption
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- School issues
- Grief, bereavement, & loss
- Psychosomatic symptoms
- Medical concerns
- Neglect / Abuse (Physical, Emotional & Sexual)