What is Play Therapy

Outspoken Counseling and Consulting adopts the Association for Play Therapy definition of play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

In simple words, play therapy helps children express what is bothering them when they do not have the words or verbal ability to adequately express thoughts and feelings.

Through play, children can work through what is troubling them. Play therapist can help children learn healthier and more adaptive behaviors.

Play Therapist at Outspoken Counseling and Consulting utilized Play Therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:

  • Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.
  • Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.

Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.  

 

 Family Based Play Therapy

The family based play therapy method focus on building healthy families. We target family interactions, communication, bonding and transitions. This method works well with families who are welcoming adoptive or foster children or introducing a new baby within the home environment.

 

 

 

 

A video introduction to the value of play, play therapy, credentialed play therapists, and membership in the Association for Play Therapy