While adults will use talk therapy to share their issues and concerns, children rely on play therapy to express themselves. Play therapy allows children to release their strong emotions and to learn to cope with their anxieties. It allows the "acting out" of conflict and distress in a safe and healing environment. By playing with a trained and trusted adult children move through difficult events in their lives.
Through play children ultimately find self-direction and empowerment. They develop a positive self-concept and become more responsible and self-assured. Play helps children become free of difficulties to focus on the everyday challenges of life.
Marriage and Family Therapist