What is Play Therapy?

Play is a child's natural method of expression and way of making sense of the world. Even very verbal children can have difficulty articulating their thoughts and feelings, but will express them through their actions. Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate approach used by mental health professionals to communicate with children and help them resolve psychosocial difficulties. In play therapy sessions, children are given the space and tools to explore, express, and process what is on their minds. They are able to move at a pace that feels most comfortable for them, in a safe and accepting environment. Through this process, children can slowly adopt new methods of coping with and understanding their experiences.

Research has shown that play therapy is an effective mental health intervention for children ages 3 to 12 with a variety of emotional, social, and behavioral challenges. Visit The Association for Play Therapy website for more information.