What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is to children what counseling is to adults.  Play Therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. 

Play Therapy is the most appropriate method of treatment for children who are having difficulties coping with life situations. Though children lack the cognitive skills to express themselves with words, they are fluent in the language of play. 

Play therapy allows children to express themselves in the way in which they are most comfortable. Play therapists are specifically trained to provide an environment of acceptance, empathy and understanding in the play therapy room. Play therapy is not the same thing as playing. 

Play therapy uses the child's natural tendency to "play out" their interactions with life situations, in the presence of a trained play therapist, to help the child feel accepted and understood and gain a sense of control or understanding of difficult situations.

- MAPT website