Talk therapy can be incredibly beneficial for people who are experiencing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, or for those who have experienced trauma. But children often feel uncomfortable talking about their feelings. And, depending on their age, children may not have developed enough of a vocabulary to fully share their experiences with a therapist. This is where play therapy comes in.
Play therapy is a common therapeutic approach used with children aged 3 to 12 to help them explore their inner world and express their emotions. Play therapy imposes few, if any, rules and instead encourages the child to freely express themselves through interacting with a select group of toys. In addition to helping children share their feelings, play therapy can help children learn to become more empathic and discover positive ways to solve their problems.
When is Play Therapy Used?
Play therapy can be used in a variety of situations. It can help children living with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better and/or change their behavior.
Play therapy is also very helpful for children who have experienced a traumatic event such as domestic violence, abuse, a serious illness, or some other family crisis.
In addition, play therapy has shown tremendous benefits for children with:
· Academic problems
· Learning disabilities
· Attention deficit disorders
· And more
Looking for Play Therapy in Northern, VA?
If you think your child may benefit from play therapy, then it is important that you find a well-trained and qualified therapist who has a background in child development. In addition to finding someone who has the right background and experience, it’s critical that you find someone you and your child will feel comfortable with. Make sure to get on the phone with a few therapists and ask as many questions as you need to get a sense of the person. A caring therapist will have no problem answering as many questions as you have.
If you’re looking for play therapy in our Manassas, VA office, please give us a call. We would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.