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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:

  1. Make sense of their world

  2. Learn to express themselves

  3. Explore feelings

  4. Develop problem solving skills and mastery

  5. Allows to role play and learn socialization skills

  6. Stimulates creative thinking

  7. Promotes exploration


Will I be involved in the therapy session and what should I expect?

Your child will go into the playroom alone with the therapist in order for the child to build trust. The therapist will keep what is said and done in session private. Instead of talking about specifics about the session, the therapist will talk to the parents about strategies to get along better and to feel better about themselves. This will happen during parent consultation sessions. Please avoid to ask the therapist about what happened in session in front of the child, otherwise trust will never occur and the therapy process can be compromised; also, do not ask the child about their experiences in therapy as soon as they walk out, as well as asking them about their artwork if the child decided to draw or paint during session, if the child wants to share they will, it's all part of the process. 

How long does Play Therapy take?

Play therapy sessions take from 30-45 minutes depending on the age and developmental state of the child, and it is recommended that play therapy sessions are help on a weekly basis. It takes an average of 20 play therapy sessions for a child to resolve the problem or issue for the therapy referral, however, it also depends on the child.