What Is Play Therapy?

Play is important to children because it is the most natural way children communicate. Toys are like words for children and play is their language. Adults talk about their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Children use toys to explore their experiences and express what they think and how they feel.


Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression ... It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” It is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Licensed professionals use play therapeutically to help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds.





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Does My Child Need Play Therapy?

Deciding whether or not to take your child to a play therapist for child and/or family therapy is a personal choice. Children are seen in therapy for an array of reasons, such as behavioral issues (caused by bullying, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, and crisis and trauma) and mental health disorders (ie: anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity or ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, academic and social impairment, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders). Please refer to Mental Health Conditions & Concerns for additional information on this topic.


What does a Play Therapy Session look like?

Play therapy sessions are as unique as the individuals who seek them. Although it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen due to an array of factors there are commonalities most share. Please refer to the What to Expect in a Play Therapy Session page on our website.  


Will I be involved in my child’s sessions?

Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process. This is why Free Your Mind Counseling Services offers a 10 week comprehensive Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) training that is typically done after your child completes play therapy. You will be taught play therapy skills to use at home with your child so your child can continue with his or her work after play therapy has ended. Check out the CPRT tab for more details!


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