Play Therapy


What is Play Therapy?

Play is the highest form of research  - Albert Einstein

  • Play therapy is a mix of evidence-based treatment methods and play involving puppets, books, toys, expressive arts and more
  • In recent years a growing amount of neuroscience, as well as noted publications by mental health professionals, have shown that play therapy works with all ages, from infants to the elderly, and across diverse cultures

Why Play in Therapy?

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation - Plato

  • Toys are the child's words and play is their language
  • Purposeful games enrich therapy for children and families
  • Selected toys and activities are developmentally appropriate 
  • Provides a safe psychological distance from problems
  • Teaches new behaviors for emotional or social skill deficits
  • Helps resolve conflicts and change dysfunctional thinking
  • Therapeutic relationships provide a safe space necessary for growth
  • The power of metaphoric play engages both the conscious and subconscious
  • Permutes neuro-connections between the right and left hemispheres 
  • Pent-up feelings of disappointment, fear and aggression can be released safely
  • Addressing feelings helps with coping, mastering and growing  past them
  • Resolutions are discovered, rehearsed and adapted into lifelong strategies

Research has shown play therapy can help with

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Attachments
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Attention-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bed wetting
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Bullying
  • Crisis or trauma
  • Depression
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional disorders
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Negative home environments
  • Nightmares
  • Parental incarceration or abandonment 
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Parental substance abuse
  • Relationship concerns
  • Sexual assault
  • Shyness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Symptomatic behavior (headaches, stomachaches…)
  • Trauma

For Parents and Caretakers

  • Lower anxiety
  • Increase confidence and skills
  • Develop tools and strategies to de-escalate emotionally charged situations
  • Learn techniques to use at home that reinforce work done in therapy
  • Gain a greater understanding of your child
  • Enhance family communication skills 

Please Visit

The Association for Play Therapy for research and more