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Play Therapy for Children

Call 717-219-5711 or use the form below to schedule an appointment.
Same week appointments available!

Play therapy

Jack and Jill were concerned. And frustrated. It seemed like Joe, their 7 year old son, wouldn’t do anything his teachers asked him to do. He was starting to hit his classmates. Joe couldn’t make and keep friends. He wouldn’t listen to anything they were saying, either. They tried counseling before, but Joe would just sit there and talk. They needed something different. Something like play therapy.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is simply individual counseling where the client and therapist play in some way. It could be with sand, board games, blocks, or some other game that the client will participate in. This allows the client to focus on the play while they talk with their therapist. Sometimes this is a helpful distraction – they forget they are in counseling. Often, what comes out in play reflects something they are struggling with. Now there is an immediate context to address the child’s behavior.

What Are Some Benefits?

  • Better behavior at school
  • Listens more at home
  • Less anxiety
  • Less depression
  • More talkative
  • Respect boundaries
  • Address violence
  • Better follow through

So How Does Play Therapy Work?

  • Great for people who wont sit and talk
  • Reveal behavioral patterns in front of counselor
  • Teach skills in the moment
  • Discuss alternatives immediately
  • Learn new ways of accepting correction

Jack and Jill decided to try play therapy with Joe. Joe seemed to enjoy meeting every week to play Chutes and Ladders with his counselor. They began to notice changes with him, too. He became less angry when things didn’t go his way. He was able to play better with classmates. Teachers reported he was behaving better. And he started cleaning up after himself at home. Play therapy was exactly what Joe needed.

Call 717-219-5711 or use the form below to schedule an appointment.
Same week appointments available!