|My play therapy room.
On this page, I hope to provide you with a better understanding of Child-Centered Play Therapy and
Filial Play Therapy, both of which are shown to be effective with a multitude of childhood behavioral, mental, and emotional
Importance of Play
Play serves many purposes in the lives of
children. It is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates their spirits and brightens their outlook on life. It expands
self-expression, self-knowledge, and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects them to people
in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and explorations, regulates their emotions, and boosts their egos. In addition,
play allows children to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through
Mental Health professionals have come to recognize that play is as important to human happiness
and well-being as love and work. To children, play is how they learn to understand the complex workings of adult roles and
interactions. In play, children learn about their physical surroundings, their own capabilities and social norms. Toys and
imagination are used to enter and experience new life scenarios and practice new skills in a safe way. Play is also one of
their primary forms of communication.
When children begin to struggle emotionally, they often
do not have the verbal language to be able to express their thoughts and feelings. Instead, they will use play as a way to
work through problems to find a successful solution. However, their are times when children, like adults, seem to use up their
problem solving tools and get stuck in thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and damaging. Seeking professional help from
a therapist who can understand and incorporate play is necessary in helping children be able to fully express themselves and
heal from any emotional injuries.
Child-Centered Play Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy is a
type of mental health, emotional, or developmental intervention that is designed to help children grow up as happy and well-adjusted
as possible. It involves the use of play to communicate with children and to help children learn to solve problems and change
their unhealthy behaviors.
This specialized style of play therapy is one in which I have been
intensively trained by experts in the field of child therapy. It consists of bringing a child into a room of carefully selected
toys and allowing the child to use these toys in a way that helps the child communicate a variety of feelings and problems.
I pay extremely close attention to the child's actions and feelings. My interactions help to validate the child's experiences
and emotions and empowers him/her to solve problems and change behaviors.