What is play therapy?
When one goes searching, here are a few things you may find: In recent years a growing number of noted mental health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well-being as love and work (Schaefer, 1993). Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004).
Our kids need play
When we were young, it was how we figured out how to make friends, how to step out of our comfort zone, how to make goals, and to how to be ourselves. In therapy, our children get to do the same. Play sessions give kids the opportunity to work through complex emotions, situations, and explore new strategies in a safe environment.