For children, play is “work”-that is, play is how kids learn the skills they need to navigate the world. During play therapy, a child’s natural inclination to play is used as a powerful foundation to help them resolve trauma, regulate emotions, and integrate into their social world.

Toys are often used in play therapy to provide the child a safe way to access and resolve emotional difficulties without becoming overwhelmed. In addition, the positive relationship that develops between the child and therapist provides a healing emotional experience and allows for healthy cognitive development. The therapist will guide the child towards one or more of the following outcomes:

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

Play therapy is widely used for ages 3-11 and up, and can help address the following issues your child may be facing:

  • anxiety disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • depression
  • attention deficit hyperactivity
  • autism spectrum
  • oppositional defiant and conduct disorders
  • anger management
  • crisis and trauma
  • grief and loss
  • divorce and family dissolution
  • academic and social developmental
  • physical and learning disabilities

Please contact our office for availability.