“The systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”
Association for Play Therapy (2001)
Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach based on developmental principles. It is a process where the child chooses objects, symbols, or types of play to express their concerns and work through particular problems. Play therapists are trained to observe and facilitate the therapy process. The main goals, regardless of the issue, are to help children regain their former level of functioning, enhance self-esteem and build the child’s coping resources. It is ideally suited to children two to twelve years of age. Parents are considered extremely important partners in the therapy process and are invited to take on a number of roles.