the Play Therapy Process
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a healing process that allows children
to express emotion and work through psychologically stressful
and hurtful experiences. Developmentally young children are unable
to express and understand their feelings the same way adults do.
Play therapy is a form of counseling that allows children to express
themselves through the use of play and toys. Play therapy provides
children with the opportunity to give expression to their experiences
and emotions. Children can recreate in play the experiences that
are part of their anger, frustrations, sadness, and fears currently
influencing their behavior. During play therapy children are
encouraged to play as they wish with a trained play therapist
who provides an understanding, supportive and safe environment.
The relationship with the therapist allows children a sense of
security when recreating emotionally stressful experiences.
How can Play Therapy help my child?
The Play Therapy process provides children with
the opportunity to change their personal view of events in the
world and to begin to better enjoy their interactions with others.
By recreating frustrations or disappointments and having the opportunity
to change the experience of that situation in their play, children
can begin to enjoy more of their play experiences and more of
life's interactions. Play therapy builds greater self-esteem
and allows children to build deeper relationships that are more
enjoyable with family, friends, and peers.