Play Therapy is a unique and powerful approach to therapy with children. Registered Play Therapists are licensed clinical mental health providers who have taken extensive coursework and participated in hours of specialized training. Play therapists carefully select the materials and toys in the play therapy room. These materials allow the child to communicate their emotional state, internal struggles, and work toward mastery and resolution.
This safe space allows for growth, processing, skill building, and emotion exploration.
Much of the work in a play therapy session is child-centered, meaning the child is in the lead with activities and exploration. Often, the play therapist may intentionally introduce a topic, activity or skill – working toward a specific goal, and the session then becomes more directive, with the therapist leading. Parents are encouraged and welcome to ask any questions about this unique process and how it relates to their child’s goals.