What Is It?



Play Therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Licensed professionals that use play therapeutically can help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds.

Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters (Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005).


Play therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.

  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.

  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.

  • Learn to experience and express emotion.

  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.

  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.

  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

For more information on play therapy visit: http://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag

Contact Us

Please contact one of the following clinicians if you are interested in play therapy for your child.

Play Therapy