At I Choose Change Counseling Center, play therapy is considered a main staple in our practice because it is a structured, theoretically-based approach to counseling that helps children communicate and process what they’re feeling in a way that is most comfortable for them in their developmental phase of life.
Registered Play Therapists (RPT)s are strategic in the way they utilize their toys and play area so as to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.
The action of play is the expression of emotion
“The toys are the words and play is the language (Landreth, 2002).” Play therapy helps promote a positive relationship between therapist and child, and the therapist can provide a corrective emotional experience while promoting cognitive development and helping a child with their inner conflicts and dysfunctional thinking.
Believe it or not, people of all ages, including teens and adults, enjoy playing. We forget how powerful and creative the mind is, and playing helps the process in a way that words can never quite grasp the meaning of.