Play is fun and enjoyable activity that increases our life experience and brightens our outlook. It expands our self-expression and connects us to others. Play can expand the way we think, our creativity and allows us to practice skills and roles needed in life.
Play Therapy utilizes the way children communicate. The child uses the toys as their words and the play is the language. In sessions the child develops a healthy and positive relationship with the therapist following for the child to express themselves in a non-threatening manner. It also empowers children to resolve their own problems by expressing their struggles through themes and patterns. The therapist recognizes these themes and offers intervention to aid the child.
By children confronting problems and negative emotions in a clinical setting it allows them to change the way they think and feel, which lead to discovering solutions.
Play therapists are uniquely trained to assess and understand the contents of children's play. Play therapists use their understanding of play to increase children's coping skills. In the playroom, under the guidance of a trained play therapist, children can safely their problems in a protected play environment. Children learn to confine, define and master their problems.
Children's problems sometimes emerge as a signal that the family is in crisis and other times the child's issues become a disruption to the family system. Yes, parents are a vital part of the therapeutic process. Families are an important part of the child's healing processes.
Parents meet with the therapist on a regular basis. When meeting with parents the therapist discusses a plan for therapy, identifies areas for resolution, progress in treatment as well as provides support for parents. Healing increases when the children and the family work together.