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

Trained play therapists with additional training in Ecosystemic play therapy, Expressive Arts with Children and Adolescents and counseling children and adolescents! Our therapists have worked with children diagnosed with ODD, ADHD, Autism, Conduct Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.

— Anderson Counseling & Education, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Mill, SC

Children communicate through the language of play. Young children's rapidly developing minds are processing new information everyday and it can be challenging for them to make sense of it all. I provide an array of play therapy tools and materials for children to utilize and help guide them towards making sense of confusing situations. Parents are often asked to participate during this therapy in order to learn ways to promote further healing in the home environment.

— Danielle Powell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY
 

Children learn through play. By allowing them to playout their experiences in a safe, nurturing environment, children process and heal from traumatic experiences. Sandtray therapy (which is also used with teens and adults) allows children to make sense of their world through directive and non-directive means. Using the Nurtured Heart Approach during sessions also allows dysregulated children the space and control to help monitor and manage their own behaviors. Though not a registered play therapist, I have taken courses in graduate school and have seven years of continuing education and experience working primarily with children in the school setting.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI

Play is kids’ most natural form of communication. Toys are to kids what words are to adults. My office is set up specifically to with toys to give kids a wide vocabulary to help them communicate and process social, emotional, or behavioral challenges or difficult life transitions. I am trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy and under the supervision of Dr. Kimberly Jayne, RPT-S, CCPT.

— Katrina Thatcher, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Play Therapy is a research-based, developmentally appropriate way for children to work through feelings and problems they are experiencing. Because children may not have the verbal language to express themselves and process their experiences, play therapy provides an opportunity for them to communicate without words.

— Jeanine Rousso, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Play is so important! Play is the language of childhood. It's how kids process their emotions and their experiences. Children are still learning how to communicate about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with words. Play comes naturally. I utilize play therapy techniques to help your child process anxiety and learn how to self-regulate.

— Hanna Woody, Counselor in Asheville, NC
 

Children communicate their experiences, thoughts, and feelings through play. It is a natural medium for them and developmentally appropriate. Through play children express their wishes, wants, needs and the perceptions of themselves and the world. Play helps children explore their relationships, resolve conflicts and develop coping strategies.

— Janine Caamano, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Basking Ridge, NJ

Children learn through play. By allowing them to playout their experiences in a safe, nurturing environment, children process and heal from traumatic experiences. Sandtray therapy (which is also used with teens and adults) allows children to make sense of their world through directive and non-directive means. Using the Nurtured Heart Approach during sessions also allows dysregulated children the space and control to help monitor and manage their own behaviors. Though not a registered play therapist, I have taken courses in graduate school and have seven years of continuing education and experience working primarily with children in the school setting.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI
 

Children learn through play. By allowing them to playout their experiences in a safe, nurturing environment, children process and heal from traumatic experiences. Sandtray therapy (which is also used with teens and adults) allows children to make sense of their world through directive and non-directive means. Using the Nurtured Heart Approach during sessions also allows dysregulated children the space and control to help monitor and manage their own behaviors. Though not a registered play therapist, I have taken courses in graduate school and have seven years of continuing education and experience working primarily with children in the school setting.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI

I use play therapy, sand tray , art, and other creative modalities for children, and teens, in groups, and with trauma survivors.

— Tina Ottman-Boykin, Counselor in Plymouth, WI
 

I use playing therapy when working with young children and families.

— Cynthia Cruz, Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

Your little one means the world to you. It is frustrating when you know they are struggling but you don't know how to help. In play therapy, children express themselves through their play. The toys they choose are their words. I strive to create a safe and warm environment where you and your child can express yourselves honestly. I offer parent consultations, one-on-one play therapy sessions, and family therapy sessions to best meet your needs.

— Christina Holyoak, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasant Grove, UT

I am in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist, and am under the supervision of an RPT-S. I have completed hundreds of hours of play therapy sessions, and the concurrent supervision. I have also attended numerous trainings on play therapy techniques. I primarily use Theraplay, child centered play therapy and experiential play therapy techniques.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN
 

Children learn through play. By allowing them to playout their experiences in a safe, nurturing environment, children process and heal from traumatic experiences. Sandtray therapy (which is also used with teens and adults) allows children to make sense of their world through directive and non-directive means. Using the Nurtured Heart Approach during sessions also allows dysregulated children the space and control to help monitor and manage their own behaviors. Though not a registered play therapist, I have taken courses in graduate school and have seven years of continuing education and experience working primarily with children in the school setting.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI