Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?
With therapists known for their expertise with children, we offer play therapy, a counseling technique that is effective with children.

Play Therapy is geared toward young children (as young as two) and uses a variety of activities-such as painting, puppets, and dioramas- to establish communication with the therapist and resolve problems. Play allows the child to express emotions and problems that would be too difficult to discuss with another person.
Who Play Therapy Helps
Play therapy helps children with behavior problems, such as aggressiveness and acting out, or children who have been abused, neglected, have low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, family instability, difficulty with social and emotional adjustment, and many other problems.

Benefits of play therapy:

  • Greater self-respect.
  • Increased responsibility for themselves.
  • Increased self-acceptance and acceptance of their feelings.
  • Greater self-control.
  • Increased decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Improved ability to make choices and take responsibility for them.
  • Changed view of their personal world.

Meta-analytic methodology allows the researcher to analyze the effects of a treatment, in this case play
therapy, by combining the results of individual studies, thus overcoming the limitations of small sample sizes often found in outcome research in the mental health field. The authors conducted a meta-analysis of 93 controlled outcome studies, published 1953 to 2000, to assess the overall efficacy of play therapy and to
determine factors that might impact its effectiveness. The overall mean treatment effect was 0.80 standard
deviations, considered a large treatment effect. Further analysis revealed that effects were more positive for
humanistic than for non-humanistic treatments, and that utilizing parents in their child’s play therapy produced larger overall treatment effects than play therapy conducted by a professional. Play therapy appeared equally effective across age, gender, presenting issue, and clinical vs. psychotherapy, and further suggest that doubts about the efficacy of play therapy can be laid to rest. » read more

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