Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques including; sand tray therapy, art, music, and games. Kids who engage in play therapy usually suffer from chronic, mild, or moderate psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues.
So why use play therapy techniques with kids? Play therapy is often used instead of traditional talk therapy because play is the means by which children express themselves. Kids project their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences in their play and are able to work things out much quicker this way than trying to force their still-developing brains to fit into the mold of traditional talk therapy. It’s more effective…and it’s fun!