What is Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a type of therapy in which children are given the opportunity to express their feelings, practice constructive behaviors and work out solutions to problems- just as adults would do in talking with a therapist.  The difference is, children use play and toys as their language. Though children have often not yet developed the verbal capacity to express their feelings and experiences using words, they naturally express themselves by "playing out" what is happening in their lives.  It has been found to be extremely effective in addressing a variety of issues such as anxiety, behavior problems, divorce, family conflict, school difficulties, peer problems and attachment.  The role of the trained play therapist is to observe the nature, process and content of the child's play, understanding and putting words to it.  They facilitate problem solving and acceptance of responsibility.  Families receive support, education and regular consultations with updates on the child's progress.