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

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West Des Moines

6600 Westown Pkwy., Suite 240

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Urbandale

2327 70th St.

Rocklyn Office Park, Bldg. 4

Urbandale, Iowa 50322​

Please Note: Although every effort is made to protect confidentiality, it is not recommended that personal health information be delivered via un-encrypted e-mail or an online form, as it is not a secure form of communication. Please be aware that 515 Therapy & Consulting does not provide emergency services. In case of emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.