Play is the natural language and platform for learning for children worldwide.
In play therapy, children are allowed safe psychological distance from their presenting problems, which allows for the expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. With play therapy, clients are able to learn to express feelings, resolve problems, and develop healthy ways of relating to others. Children and adolescents are able to learn appropriate boundary setting, frustration tolerance, communication skills, develop self-awareness, and practice healthy coping skills.
As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, I have completed extensive training and supervision in play therapy, including child centered, directive and family play therapy. I describe myself as an integrated, or prescriptive, play therapist, meaning that I tailor the interventions I use to the specific needs of each client and family. I also provide play therapy supervision for clinicians training to be Registered Play Therapists.
The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systemic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein training play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent and resolve psychological difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." For more information on the benefits of play therapy, please visit The Association for Play Therapy at a4pt.org.