The Association for Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." In other words, the psychotherapist utilizes play to meet the child at their development level and in the "language" that is more familiar with children. For more information about play therapy or APT, go to www.a4pt.org.
Some common issues and disorders that therapists use play therapy for are:
Academic or Social Development
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD)
Divorce or Abandonment
Grief and Loss
For more information about Play Therapy, please watch this video or make an appointment by contacting the front office. Amy M Bowen, M.A., LPC is a Registered Play Therapist.