Play Therapy


Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

It is the therapeutic use of play to foster communication, build rapport, gain insight and understanding, teach and reinforce skills, as well as accomplish individualized goals.  Play therapy is the equivalent to children what talk therapy is to adults.  No matter what verbal language a child speaks (e.g., English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, etc.) or whether a child is deaf, play is a child’s natural language and toys the words used to communicate.

With whom can play be used therapeutically?

It may be used with individuals of all ages but is most often utilized with children from infancy to 14 years of age.

What can it help individuals cope with?

  • Psychological Trauma
  • Grief/Loss
  • Emotional/Spiritual Crisis
  • Transition/Adjustment
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Developmental/Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Disease
  • Terminal Illness
  • Chronic & Acute Pain
  • Sensory Impairments
  • Everyday Stress

What are the therapeutic benefits of utilizing play?

  • Promotes Wellness
  • Builds Rapport
  • Foster Communication
  • Express Feelings
  • Elevate Mood
  • Manage Stress
  • Enhance Memory
  • Increase Understanding
  • Learn Social Skills
  • Develop Mindfulness
  • Improve Self-Control
  • Raise Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
  • Achieve Individualized Goals

At The Center for Family & Crisis Counseling, we provide an array of toys, puppets, sandtray, and art supplies so children can play as well as communicate what they are thinking about and how they are feeling.  As many of us have experienced, at times it is difficult to find the words to fully express and communicate how we are feeling and what exactly is bothering us.  Children use the toys to express what they have difficulty saying with words.

Our staff has received accredited training by licensed Play, Art, & Music Therapists, completed the post-graduate Play Therapy Certification from U.C.F., as well as continue to receive specialized training.  If you have a child who has been traumatized, is having difficulty adjusting, or needs someone specially trained in working with children and helping families through difficult times, we are here for you.