What is Play Therapy?
Children use toy as their words to express feelings and emotions.
Using play therapy allows us to connect with children and adolescents in ways that make sense to them. Through the use of play therapy, children are allowed to find meaning and work through issues. Play therapy is very effective for children ages 3 to 12 or older depending on their developmental level. Through play children are empowered, learn problem solving skills, increases their self-esteem, empathy, develop positive coping skills and improve their relational skills.
With Adolescents, the use of play therapy and expressive arts allow them to process their emotional difficulties, social and family conflict. With adolescents in therapy there is a combination of regular talk therapy and the use of play and expressive arts are used as an aid in the healing process allowing the adolescent to explore a variety of methods to communicate, explore and process in a way they feel more relaxed and comfortable.
For change to happen in children and adolescents, a change in the environment must occur. Family therapy is available for behavioral problems, divorce, developmental issues, parenting skills, school problems, bullying, self-esteem, attachment, social skills and more.
Through play children learn to:
Make sense of their world
Learn to express themselves
Develop problem solving skills and mastery
Allows to role play and learn socialization skills
Stimulates creative thinking