What is play therapy?Play therapy is to children what talking in counseling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily. When using play therapy techiniques, I select play materials (i.e. puppets, games, sand tray, arts and crafts, doll house) that facilitate the development of a safe relationship for the child to fully express and explore his or her sense of self (feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors) which leads to optimal growth and development.
I often use play therapy with families during family sessions, and at times even with adults. Sometimes even an adult's inner child needs nurturing and care.