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                               What Exactly Is "Play Therapy"? 

     Children typically lack sufficient language to express their concerns through traditional "talk" therapy.  Play Therapy is the means by which the use of children's natural expressions (play) is used by the child to discover and process underlying thoughts and feelings that contribute to his or her current behavioral or emotional difficulty.   This play is qualitatively different than non-therapeutic play sequences.  Within the play therapy session, children may either choose their own materials for play, or the therapist may direct the play sequence for the benefit of the child.  Through insightful reflections and questioning of the child's play sequence, children come to a greater awareness of their feelings and how to most usefully process those feelings.  Therapists help provide within the child an emotionally corrective experience, such that behavioral and emotional difficulties are reduced.   Healthy child development is then free to proceed, unencumbered by the targeted difficulties. 

     Play therapists meet often with parents to keep them abreast of developments with their child.  Parents are an integral part of the treatment team.  Play therapists often assist parents with ways to support their child at home as he or she begins to heal from the presenting difficulties. 


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