What is Play Therapy?

“In order for children to feel better and improve their behavior, they need to make sense out of the stressful or traumatic experience and assimilate it into what they already know about the world.” (Kathy Eugster) In adult therapy, the client makes sense of the difficult episode through discussion.  Many children, however, cannot communicate all that they are feeling through verbal means. A Play Therapist uses play and other creative activities to communicate with the child and help them express themselves and work through issues such as anxiety, emotional regulation, anger and bullying. I have completed Level One of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy’s certificate program and am currently working my way towards becoming a fully Certified Play Therapist.