About Play Therapy
Just like adults, children may experience social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental difficulties. Bullying, divorce, family problems, illness, grief, or other life events may cause stress at home and/or in school. Children may have poor concentration, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, difficulty with problem solving, fears, aggression, anger, or symptoms of regression.
Some children have difficulty sleeping, eating, or regulating their moods. Some may have even experienced early trauma, abuse, neglect, or difficulty with parental attachment. All of these problems can interrupt a child's day to day functioning in their families, at school, and with their peers.
Research supports play therapy as an effective intervention for children. It uses the power of play to provide the child with a language to work through social and emotional problems. Play therapy builds trust and mastery, fosters learning, regulates emotions, reduces anxieties, encourages creative thinking, teaches open communication, and elevates self confidence. Parents can feel confident that their child has a safe and open environment in the play room to alleviate stress and allow space to contain emotional difficulty.