Play Therapy

Typically used as a therapeutic treatment for children, play therapy is a method of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of young people in a language they understand – namely, play. Play therapy is seen an effective and suitable intervention in dealing with children’s brain development. It is considered to be one of the most beneficial ways to help children who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges. A therapist specializing in play therapy will create a safe and comfortable space where the child can play (typically in a non-directive way) with very few limits or rules. The therapist will observe the child at play. The goal is to help children learn to better express themselves and resolve their problems. Think this approach might be right for a child in your life? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s play therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists

It is my belief that Play Therapy is the best treatment to use with a child. Through use of various therapeutic toys, games, and other tools (kid yoga!), I can enthusiastically and creatively help a kiddo learn healthy coping, emotion expression, self-mastery, and increased self esteem.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

I am currently training in Synergetic Play Therapy and have extensive training in play therapy techniques as well as sand tray techniques with children and teens. There are many different forms of play therapy and utilizing the style that is best for your child is an important part of the therapy process. Some children do well choosing their play and some do better with a more directive approach.

— Kim Martinez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL
 

Working with younger children requires a different way of communicating. Play is the language of the child and I support your child in managing their anxiety, sadness, anger, and outbursts. I also support you as a parent in helping your child learn skills that can help them manage. Our goal is to help your young child feel better and help you feel confident in supporting them.

— Heather Chamberlain, Clinical Psychologist in San Rafael, CA

Play therapy interventions are research-based and developmentally appropriate for younger children. Children can be well-spoken and academically intelligent. However, emotional intelligence is rather different. Understanding our emotions and communicating can be difficult for adults. This is especially true for children. Using the tools of play therapeutic interventions allows a safe and non-judgmental way to explore emotional wellness.

— Jessica Morgan, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Rosenberg, TX
 

Supports children in using play to express themselves, explore thoughts and feelings, and find ways to manage stressors.

— Christine Brent, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

Kids' brains are significantly different, and so therapy must be delivered in a developmentally appropriate way. In play therapy, kids come to accept themselves & others using imagination, trying out change in role plays, sometimes with art or metaphors for expression.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX
 

I am currently training in Synergetic Play Therapy and have extensive training in play therapy techniques as well as sand tray techniques with children and teens. There are many different forms of play therapy and utilizing the style that is best for your child is an important part of the therapy process. Some children do well choosing their play and some do better with a more directive approach.

— Kim Martinez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

A few things I want you to know about play therapy: Children use play as means to process their world, it’s amazing. Play is for adults too. The therapeutic relationship helps to facilitate the play therapy process. Themes emerge from play. The foundation of safety and security, and ultimately healthy attachment are built and strengthened through play.

— Andrea Picard, Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

I have training in play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and sand tray therapy with children ages 4 and up.

— Stacy Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX

Play Therapy is also offered in our dedicated Play Therapy room for children 3 & up. Play Therapy allows young children to express their feelings, thoughts, and needs through creative play with a trained therapist. I work closely with parents/caregivers to address their child's emotional, behavioral, & cognitive needs through Parent Consultations & Coaching.

— Ronda Wegman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

I integrate play into all evidence-based techniques to make therapy developmentally appropriate. Children learn best through play and interaction with supportive and engaged caregivers. Therapeutic work with children is different than working with adults. Children may not always be able to express themselves or their feelings, which can present as misbehavior. In therapy, I integrate therapy and play to meet the needs of the child and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

— Tamara Halperin, Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Play therapy is helpful, especially when working with children, to assess their strengths in learning, because children would not know how to verbally express these complexities. Play therapy is also helpful in building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, while using specific interventions, to address issuse such as impulisivity and emotional responding.

— Tina Schneider, Psychologist in Westerville, OH