Play Therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy in which play is used as a means of helping children express or communicate their feelings.
Children have the ability to self-regulate. Play therapy helps children to dig deep into the unconscious and come face to face with issues that they have buried deep down.
Play therapy works for children with behavioral, emotional, learning difficulties and other mental health issues. These issues prevent children from reaching their full potentials and must be dealt with. Although Play Therapy can be used for infants and adults, it is usually used for children (from age 3-16) and young adults.
Adults need to talk about their feelings to heal. Children need to play out their feelings to heal. Play Therapy is particularly effective with children who cannot, or do not want to talk about their problems. Sometimes, adults can see that something is wrong with a child, but can’t figure it out. Play therapy works because play is a child’s work.
Every child wants to play. When used by a therapist, the child gets the help required. Play Therapy works using a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, mostly responding to the child’s wishes.