What is Play Therapy & How Can it Help Your Child?

Play therapy is the use of toys, games, and expressive art as tools for a child to work through and therapeutically process thoughts, feelings and stressors. Play therapy also incorporates the use of play to teach children concrete coping and social skills.

Play therapy takes into account a child’s cognitive and emotional development, and how that impacts treatment options.

Play is the natural language of all children. It allows them to process thoughts and feelings that they may otherwise be unable to express through words. Play also provides a familiar tool for children to learn social skills, connect with others, and learn how to manage their emotions.

Play Therapy is evidence-based with several approaches listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

Play Therapy has been known to:

1) Increase self-esteem & confidence.

2) Reduce negative emotions and behaviors.

3) Improve emotional vocabulary.

Play Therapy has been found to be effective with children and teens of all ages. Play Therapy is also effective when incorporated with traditional talk therapy with adults.

Registered Play Therapists (RPT) have received extensive training, supervision, and countless hours of experience. They know how to appropriately use the powers of play to help children learn, grow, and heal.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist I have seen firsthand the benefits Play Therapy has for children struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, and anger/aggression.

If interested in Play Therapy services for your child feel free to call (609) 401-2983 or visit to see how I can help your child heal and grow!