Play therapy is based on the premise that a child's natural means of expression is play. Play and expressive media are the primary therapeutic methods used to assist him/her in coping with emotional stress or trauma. Research has demonstrated the efficacy this approach with children and pre-teens, and even with family therapy. Play therapy is effective with most issues children face including, anxiety, trauma, divorce/blended families, adjustment disorders, grief and school problems.
There many different theoretical approaches within the field of play therapy and our staff employs directive and non-directive interventions, tailoring the approach to the child and the presenting concerns. By playing with specific categories of toys, materials and with the therapeutic container created by the therapist, the child plays out his/her feelings, bringing these hidden emotions to the surface where s/he can face them and cope with them.