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Play Therapy

The Association of Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systemic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process herein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

Trained mental health practitioners use play therapy to access and understand children's play. However, teens and adults also benefit from play and recreational processes. Play therapy has been used with infants as well.

Play therapy helps children:

  • Become responsible for behaviors
  • Develop creative solutions
  • Develop respect for others and self acceptance
  • Learn to experience and express emotion
  • Cultivate empathy for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develop self-efficacy and better assuredness
    about abilities

Why Play?

Play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work. Even Aristotle and Plato reflected on the fundamental importance of play in our lives. Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization, and self-efficacy. Play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival.

What is Play Therapy?

Initially developed around 1900, today it refers to many treatment methods. All apply the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play. Therapists help children address and resolve their own problems.Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of relating.Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and facilitates developmentally appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings.

How Long Does Play Therapy Take?

Sessions vary, they last approximately 45 minutes and are usually held weekly. Research suggests it takes an average of 20 play therapy sessions to resolve problems of children referred for treatment. Some children improve much faster. Serious or ongoing problems may take longer to resolve.

Play Therapy Services Provided

  • Individual & Family Play Therapy
  • Child, Adolescent &
    Adult Play Therapy
  • Child - Parent Relationship Therapy
  • Parenting, Co-Parenting & Step Parenting Skills Education
  • Caregiver / Parent Services
  • LCSW Supervision

  • Consultations
  • Master / Post-Graduate / Doctoral Level Practicum / Internship Placements

Coming soon: Registered Play Therapy Supervision