Can you imagine what it would be like to have such STRONG feelings in your body and NOT have the language or understanding of EXPRESSING what was going on inside? This is often how children may feel because they lack the capacity of processing their feelings through verbal language. Their SMALL little bodies can experience BIG emotions and a child who acts out or withdraws really is telling you that they are feeling something they can’t explain.
Play Therapy allows children to manipulate their world from their perspective on a smaller scale, something that cannot be done in the child’s everyday big and COMPLEX environment. By playing with specially selected toys and with the guidance of a person who reacts in a designated manner, the child plays out his/her feelings. Bringing these hidden emotions to the surface, the child learns how to recognize and cope with their feelings in a SAFE place.