Play Therapy

Play Therapy: Candice Kundert LISW

“Play Therapy is an approach used to communicate therapeutically with clients using toys, art materials, games and other play media, giving clients a safe and nurturing relationship in which they can explore and express feelings, gain insight into their own motivation and into their interactions with others, and learn and practice socially appropriate behaviors.  The counseling in play therapy uses the natural language of children-play as the basis for the therapeutic interaction.  In the play, much of what the child does and says takes the form of symbolic, metaphoric communication about her relationships and situations in the child’s world.” Eliana Gill

“According to the National Association for Play Therapy (1997), play therapy is the ‘systematic use of a theoretical model to establish the interpersonal process in which trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychological difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development’.  Play therapy is usually used as an intervention approach for working with young children who lack the abstract verbal abilities to articulate their difficulties clearly enough to receive support and assistance from counselors.  This strategy seems to work with children experiencing a broad range of difficulties.  The Alderian play therapist uses the play therapy process to help children gain a better understanding of how they view themselves, others, and the world and learn new attitudes to replace self-defeating attitudes.”  By Dr. Terry Kottman, in “Partners in Play: An Alderian Approach to Play Therapy, 2003, second edition, published by the American Counseling Association.