As a parent or caregiver, you may be wondering if play therapy would be beneficial for your child. Or, who might benefit from this form of therapy, and how it can help. You are just wanting to find the best ways to help your child cope with their emotions and experiences, especially if they have experienced trauma, loss, or grief.
Play therapy is beneficial for younger children, four and older, who may not be able to express their emotions or experiences verbally. This form of therapy uses creative activities and games to provide a safe space for children to explore their emotions. It’s also a way for them to express their thoughts and feelings. Playing is the language of children. This type of therapy can provide an opportunity for them to process difficult experiences in a way that is more comfortable and familiar to them.
They are also still discovering their emotions and how to understand and express them. Play therapy can help children become more aware of their feelings. It also provides a space for them to explore different coping strategies and learn how to manage their emotions. For example, if a child has experienced loss or is grieving, play therapy can be a way for them to express and work through their grief. Children can better understand their feelings and begin to heal. They can do this through toys, art, games, and other creative activities.
For children under four, instead of play therapy, filial counseling would be beneficial. This type of counseling is where the parent and child are together throughout the session. Then the therapist works with the parent to help them understand how to use play therapy techniques at home. It helps to lay the foundation for positive relationships. And provides an opportunity for parents to learn how to best support their children as they grow and develop.
It also helps the child build a relationship with the therapist and feel safe and comfortable, so if they transition to play therapy as they get older, they will feel more prepared and ready
For older children, four and up, play therapy can also be a great tool for helping them work through difficult emotions and situations. However, a different approach may be used since older children are better at verbally expressing themselves. In play therapy, the child may be engaging in more direct activities and discussions to help them process their experiences differently. The play therapist also may ask them why they choose a specific toy or color, for example, to better understand their thoughts and feelings.
If your older child has gone through past trauma, play therapy may be a useful tool for them. This way they can work through their emotions and begin the healing process. For example, if your child experienced a traumatic event, play therapy can provide a safe space to explore their feelings and work through the experience. They may express themselves by playing through the scenario with dolls or through drawing or painting. Through these activities, they can better understand their emotions and begin to heal. It’s also a creative way to express the emotions that they might be struggling with.
Overall, play therapy can benefit children of all ages. It has been shown to help them better understand their emotions and experiences. Also, with the help of the play therapist and the support of their loved ones, they find ways to cope with difficult situations.
Start Play Therapy at Wellview Counseling in Roswell, GA
Play therapy can be beneficial for children of all ages. As a parent who wants the best for your child, you may be wondering if play therapy is right for them. At Wellview Counseling, our compassionate play therapist is here to help your child explore and process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment. If you’re interested in starting therapy or coaching:
- Contact Wellview Counseling
- Meet with our specialized play therapist and parent coaches
- Begin play therapy and better understand your child’s emotions, thoughts, and experiences.
Other Therapy Services Offered at Wellview Counseling
Play therapy for your child may be only one of the therapy services you may need at Wellview Counseling. You might be interested in parent coaching to help you navigate issues such as sibling rivalry. Maybe your teen is struggling with social anxiety and is having a difficult time making and keeping friends. Or, your young adult is struggling with transitioning to college. Perhaps, you’re seeking out counseling because you’re a parent with chronic health issues. So, you are struggling to keep your cup full.
Or, you’re also needing support with your past trauma and you’re worried about how it’s impacting your parenting. Regardless of your situation, our therapists are here to help you and provide support. Our office is in Roswell, GA, but we also offer online therapy to anyone in Georgia. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment please feel welcome to reach out to us!
About the Author
Ashley Bobo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has worked with many families in a variety of different settings. Ashley knows you want to be the best parent you can be. She is here to help you find your way. She believes that each family has inherent strengths and together they can discover those strengths and start their journey toward healing. Ashley understands wanting the most beneficial therapies for your loved one and is here to listen and support you.