Why play therapy? Children, no matter how smart they are, cannot express their feelings verbally like adults. They express their feelings, needs, and frustrations through play. They get tired of questions quickly; therefore, when play is allowed they can be expressive.
A trained play therapist knows how to be part of a child's world and allows the child to teach him/her how to be a child. Through the relationship that builds, the child will learn what is the best in him/her and develop those traits. The child is empowered to make changes that are needed in his or her life. Play therapy is non-judgmental environment that allows the child to express his anxieties, fears, thoughts, needs, and feelings.
Play therapy can build self-esteem, self-awareness, insight into dealing with their stress and anxiety, and a place to practice coping skills to work out his/her anxieties. Your child may tell you about some of the games being played or activities but their is much more going on at a deeper level. Play therapy is most effective once a week for a 45-minute session.
As your child progresses sessions can be spaced out farther apart. Your counselor will keep you updated on the progress of the therapy whether it is in email or by phone from time to time. We want the session to be used so the child feels his time is special with the counselor. You as the parent can always set up an appointment alone to come in and visit.