Play therapy is utilized by trained professionals to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. The toys in the playroom become the child’s words, allowing the child to communicate thoughts and emotions through his or her play.
How does Play Therapy Work?
Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools, leading them to misbehave, act out at home, with friends, or at school. During the play therapy session, the therapist can help the child learn more adaptive behaviors. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think about and resolve their concerns using their language; play.
Will Play Therapy Help my Child?
Play therapy is used to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. Play therapy has been proven to alleviate symptoms related to:
Grief and loss
Divorce and family dissolution
Crisis and trauma
Physical and sexual abuse
Academic and social difficulties
Physical and learning disabilities
Other Therapeutic Modalities
In addition to play therapy, The Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver also utilizes sand tray. Sand tray is form of expressive therapy that is often used with children, but can be applied to adults, teens, couples, families, and groups as well. Sand tray therapy allows an individual to construct his or her own “world” using miniature toys and sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the individual’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.