Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a structured environment which provides a child an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in constructive and productive ways. Most children have not developed the ability to understand and express complicated emotions; but in play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Through the use of play therapy, it is possible to encourage cognitive development, provide insight about, and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child (O’Connor & Schaefer, 1983; Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005). Our playroom is designed to be a safe place to understand and accept your child’s emotional world while creating opportunities that strengthen their decision-making abilities, acceptance of responsibility, as well as providing them a sense of control over their environment. All children ages 4 through 12  can benefit from play therapy. In some cases where a child has experienced significant emotional trauma, ages 13 through 15 can benefit from play therapy which can be a less threatening or frightening approach to talking about and processing what has happened than traditional talk therapy.


Can you fix my child’s bad behavior or make their behavior better?

While play therapy can be used to teach self-control, decision-making, and accepting responsibility for their actions; it is not a magic “fix” and creating lasting change take patience as the child is still on their developmental journey.


What is my role as a parent or guardian of a child in play therapy?

One of the most vital roles you will have as the parent(s)/guardian(s) is learning about our child’s world, their thoughts, their emotions, and their view of the world. Play therapy should be seen as an opportunity to understand your child better and then adapt your parenting style to fit their needs. If resources are provided to you, please take the time to read, understand, and ask questions as this information will help support the therapeutic process in the home. Be consistent about attendance unless your child is ill, then call and reschedule. Finally, parents and guardians should be willing to consider their own behaviors and decide if there is any room for improvement instead of asking the child to do all the changes. Remember, we are the adults.

“For children, toys are their words and play is their language.”
-Amy Wickstrom (2002)

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16000 Stuebner Airline Road Suite 285
Spring, TX 77379
(713) 300-1867

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