Families Benefit When Children Play!
Play is a child’s natural mode of expression. Using Play Therapy, children have the space to work through their situations in their own way. Through reflective listening and freedom of expression, children gain confidence and creative problem solving skills to understand themselves better. Children may use sand, story telling, art, games, puppets, and other Expressive Arts modalities to manage their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. As children build their self esteem, their relationships with friends and family improves.
In Play Therapy children learn about themselves and their surroundings, their capabilities, and their limitations. Children use play to learn new skills, how to handle anger and frustration, problem solve, and increase their self-esteem and ability to communicate.
Parents learn skills to help their children deal with their strong emotions, set firm limits and still maintain goodwill, express angry feelings without being hurtful, and resolve family conflicts peacefully.
“Birds fly, fish swim and children play.”
– Garry Landreth
Lisa Schweitzer, LMHC, NCC, RPT
11 9th Street S.
St Petersburg, FL 33705