People often ask what play therapy is. The simple answer: play is a child’s natural way of communicating. As a child is developing they often have not acquired the words needed to describe their emotions and experiences. Play is a natural form of communication that allows children to express themselves, process their feelings and find solutions.
Expressive arts, such as drawing, painting, music, sand tray, and movement provide creative opportunities as well, that allow children, preteens, and adolescents safe mediums in which to express themselves, understand their emotions, and gain healthy methods of handling stressors related to anxiety, low self-esteem, acting out behaviors, peer relations, adjustment to life changes, and past events.