Play Therapy is a technique where the child’s natural means of expression, play, is used as a therapeutic method to assist the child in coping with the emotional stress of trauma. The Play Therapy environment provides a safe psychological distance from the child’s problems and allows them to express their true thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their developemental level.
Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do verbal communication. This allows trained Play Therapy providers to assess and understand the child’s play and assist them in coping with difficult emotions and find creative solutions to their problems. Lasting resolutions may be discovered, rehearsed and adapted into the child’s life.