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Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play therapy makes a difference. Play is an enjoyable, fun activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom and, most importantly, helps us express ourselves.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy helps children to address and resolve their own problems, and builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.

APT defines play therapy as 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.”

What does Play Therapy help?

Play therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for their behaviors and develop more successful strategies
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotion
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develop self-efficacy and a better assuredness about their abilities

Play therapy aims to help a child’s growth and development. The practice of play therapy requires extensive, specialized education, training and experience.

Parent Consult

The process of counseling teens and adolescents varies from family to family.  During the first session the counselor will gather information from parents about their concern for their child in addition to their mental health and family history.  The next few sessions will be with the adolescent to start building the therapeutic relationship and gather their own perspective on why they are in therapy.  At our practice, the client and the counselor will meet individually for most sessions with parent consultations every 4-6 weeks (or as needed).  The counselor uses information gathered to determine the needs of the client, parents, and environment to initiate the changes desired. At Greer & Associates, therapy is a collaborative process with children and parents. As clients grow and develop into young adults, parent involvement typically decreases in order for them to build trust and comfort with their counselor.


*Please refer to our Policies for Minors for more information.


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