Play Therapy

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Play Therapy


Who can benefit from play therapy?

Children experiencing issues related to:

  • Bullying
  • Grief or loss
  • Divorce or abandonment
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Crisis and trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit/ hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Academic or social impairment
  • Learning disabilities
  •  Behavioral disorders
Benefits of Play Therapy
  • Builds trust and mastery
  • Regulates emotions
  • Fosters acceptable behaviors and learning
  • Reduces anxieties
  • Promotes creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Encourages open communication
  • Elevates a person’s self esteem
  • Helps children better process their experiences
  • Helps children develop more effective strategies for managing their life

Who uses play therapy:

Parents, mental health agencies, schools, hospitals and practitioners use play therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for children. Play therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral and emotional challenges.

More on the Association For Play Therapy (APT)

APT is the national professional society that for Play therapy. It sponsors Play Therapy research, credentialing, training, as well as the peer networking programs that elevate the expertise and professionalism of Play Therapist practitioners.