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What is Play Therapy?

The section below describes the beneficial aspects of play therapy.*

WHY PLAY?

Some of the greatest philosophers of all time have acknowledged the importance and benefits of play. We learn the most about ourselves and our world when engaged in play.

WHY PLAY THERAPY?

Play therapy is a proven therapeutic modality that allows children to grow, learn, heal and thrive. Children often do not have the verbal abilities to express their feelings. Play therapy, conducted by a trained play therapist, offers children the opportunity to process and assess appropriate coping skills, behaviors and world views.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When children are not equipped to solve their own problems, they often act out and are unhappy. Play therapy provides the opportunity for therapists to assess and understand children’s play. When children can confront their problems in the play session, they are able to develop more appropriate resolutions and gain insight about how to handle situations.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Each play therapy session lasts 45-50 minutes and is usually held weekly. Studies have shown the average length of time for a child to receive play therapy is 20 weeks, although some children need fewer or additional sessions.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Play therapy especially benefits children 3-12, and helps children take responsibility for behaviors, establish creative solutions to problems, accept themselves and others, experience and express emotions, learn respect for feelings of others, cultivate relational skills with family, gain pride in their abilities, and more!

* Adopted from the Association for Play Therapy

For further reading, the Association for Play Therapy has an excellent, more detailed question and answer webpage that should answer many of your questions about Play Therapy. You can view it here