Play is a child’s natural outlet for self-expression—children use play the way adults use words. Play therapy helps children explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours relating to issues that are troubling them.
The play therapist provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, working skillfully to follow the child’s lead while facilitating play that gently addresses the child’s difficulties.
Parents play an active role, providing insights and information. They often contribute to sessions and may be asked to stay throughout if the child or therapist requests it.