Play is children’s natural mode of expression. Using Expressive 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, storytelling, 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 improve.
Through 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.
“BIRDS FLY, FISH SWIM AND CHILDREN PLAY.”– GARRY LANDRETH
Lisa Schweitzer, LMHC, NCC