Play Therapy Meets Kids in the Space They Naturally Learn & Communicate
Children develop through the process of play, so this form of therapy meets them where they’re at to help them form connections, process big feelings, and make progress.
“Enter into children’s play and you will ﬁnd the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.”
Common Traumatic Experiences for Children Can Include:
- Physical, Sexual, or Psychological Abuse
- Sudden or Violent Loss of a Loved One
- Natural Disasters
- Accidents, Life-threatening Illness, or Other Medical Events
- Military Family-Related Stressors (like deployment, parental loss or injury)
- Family or Community Violence
- Drug or Alcohol Abuse by a Family Member
Symptoms of Trauma in Children Can Include:
- Increased Thoughts of Death
- Increased Thoughts of Safety
- Terror, Helplessness, or Fear
- Heart Pounding
- Loss of Bowel or Blader Control
- Problems with Sleeping
- Problems with Eating
- Frequent and Intense Anger
- Problems Paying Attention
Frequently Asked Questions About Play Therapy
Is it possible to actually make progress in therapy through play?
Yes! Play therapy is more than just playing. It requires specific training and certifications to be able to peform. Play is the primary way children learn and connect ideas, so it is critically important for helping in the therapy setting.
Our family plays all the time - can't I just do this at home if I'm a good parent?
Play is the primary way children learn, but not all play is therapy. Although constructive play may be happening in the home setting, play therapy is done in a clinical setting with trained therapists.
Am I allowed to be in the room with my child?
At Living Well Therapy & Coaching we strongly encourage parents to not be present in the play therapy. Often, even unintentionally, a parents presence in the room can create feelings in children that they need to behave a certain way, which can create a barrier in the therapy process.
Is my child too old/too young for play therapy?
Play therapy is most often utilized in children as young as 3 and as old as 15, though the kind of play therapy will vary based on the areas of concern, the child’s age, and their cognitive development.
Is play therapy only for children or is it for adults too?
Play therapy is most often a technique for children, though it is sometimes used in adult settings.