If you are concerned that your child is anxious, withdrawn, or acting out, play therapy can provide the safe environment that he or she needs to process and work through difficult feelings. Since children are often unable to articulate what is troubling them, play therapy facilitates the expression of their feelings, with the careful guidance of a trained psychologist.
At Georgetown Psychology Associates, we strive to help children reach their full potential, and we believe that play is a fundamental tool for teaching self-expression and adaptive behaviors.
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed to help children address and cope with difficult emotions and behaviors by utilizing a child’s natural proclivity to play. By encouraging certain activities and participating one-on-one with the child, the therapist can foster a positive, supportive relationship in which your child may confront issues that might otherwise be too overwhelming or confusing to process alone.
In some cases, parents are encouraged to participate in play therapy in order to learn new ways of communicating and interacting with their child, and ultimately, develop a stronger, more secure parent-child relationship.
How Your Child May Benefit from Play Therapy
Play therapy refers to a wide range of creative, enjoyable activities that give children the opportunity to experience the following benefits:
- Self-awareness and self-expression
- Feeling empowered, safe, and accepted
- Learning how to process stressful or traumatic experiences
- Developing positive thinking, decision-making, and coping skills
- Strengthening interpersonal relationships
Play therapy is an effective mode of intervention for children of all ages, and can especially be helpful with younger children who are not yet able to engage in more advanced talk therapy. We have seen the powerful effects such treatment can have on both parents and children.