Play Therapy can seem strange to those who have not heard of it before. To get started in your understanding of what play therapy is and how it works, watch this video produced by the Association for Play Therapy about Andrew.
As you can see from the video, children are often unable to verbally express their thoughts and feelings. Often, these feelings are communicated through varying behaviors. This change in the way a child acts at home, at school, or with peers can be the reason a parent seeks therapy for their child. Often, a child is seeking to have their needs met through this behavior. Through play therapy, I am able to act as an interpreter for the child who is communicating through a kid’s natural language, play.
In my work with children using play therapy, I encourage children to use creative strategies to express feelings. I also support children in learning emotion regulation strategies, and help families learn ways to reinforce these strategies at home.
If you would like more information about how play therapy works, or the training involved to become a Registered Play Therapist, check out the A4PT Parents’ Corner