About Play Therapy
The Australian Play Therapy Association describes play therapy as a way of being to help children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, as the main communication through an interpersonal process.
Play therapy is deemed successful when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and client. A relationship where both parties may freely and naturally express both what pleases and bothers them.
By leveraging on play and creative work, play therapy builds on natural ways that clients learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. When done in a therapeutic setting with a trained therapist, clients have a safe and appropriate way of dealing with addressing and resolving their challenges.
Research suggests that play therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the presentation of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.