Play Therapy for Children
Children are not miniature adults. They simply can’t sit down and verbally articulate exactly what is going on inside their minds. They can’t even necessarily understand their emotions and the reasons behind all of their behavior. In fact, up until about age 11, children don’t even have the brain ability to experience abstract thought.
Children have an immense power to express what’s going on with them. They do this through play.
Play therapy isn’t just playing with your child. It’s an evidence-based approach to therapy that helps children resolve their problems through their own natural language.
Through the use of toys, dolls, games, and art supplies, children are able to reenact what they experience. As a therapist, I provide a safe space for them to explore this play. I also help interpret the play so that they, and you as a parent, can better understand their emotions and behavior.
Through play, children can also gain new skills that will help them self-soothe, regulate their emotions and behavior, and work through challenges.