Play Therapy

Play Therapy

 

Play Therapy is a form of counseling used to allow children to express their feelings through play.

Children learn to identify issues and to properly respond to challenges in their life with the help of a counselor.

  • Play Therapy can be beneficial to children ages 3-12 who may be dealing with family problems, stress, social situations, pre-adolescent adjustments, anger management, self-esteem concerns, and many other issues.
  • If you would like to know more about play therapy please visit the Association for Play Therapy (APT) website. We have copied a small portion of this website below

What Is Play Therapy?

… toys are the child’s words!

Initially developed in the turn of the 20th century, today play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.

APT defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”

How Does Play Therapy Work?

Children are referred for play therapy to resolve their problems (Carmichael; 2006; Schaefer, 1993). Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools, and they misbehave, may act out at home, with friends, and at school (Landreth, 2002). Play therapy allows trained mental health practitioners who specialize in play therapy, to assess and understand children’s play. Further, play therapy is utilized to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems (Moustakas, 1997; Reddy, Files-Hall & Schaefer, 2005). By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns (Kaugars & Russ, 2001). Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies (Russ, 2004).

Who Benefits from Play Therapy?

Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old (Carmichael, 2006; Gil, 1991; Landreth; 2002; Schaefer, 1993). Teenagers and adults have also benefited from play techniques and recreational processes. To that end, use of play therapy with adults within mental health, agency, and other healthcare contexts is increasing (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005; Schaefer, 2003). In recent years, play therapy interventions have also been applied to infants and toddlers.

Retrieved February 23, 2007 from Association for Play Therapy (APT) website.

Compassion Family Counseling is a private practice in Arlington Texas. We specialize in Play Therapy, Adolescent counseling, Marriage counseling, Pre-marital counseling & Individual counseling.

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If you are a licensed counselor, a counselor intern or interested in individual or group supervision and would like to join our team, please contact us.

Meredith Akin-Ivey, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor.  Please E-mail or call her for more details.

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At Compassion, our counselors have experience counseling a variety of issues including but not limited to: adoption, anxiety, abuse, body image, depression, couples, faith, families, grief, play therapy, parenting, teens, trauma, christian sex therapy, and self-esteem. Please call our office for more information regarding each counselor's specialty.