Play Therapy

FairView Counseling specializes in Play Therapy and all of our therapists have gone on to become Registered Play Therapists after earning their Master’s or Doctoral Degrees.

Play Therapy is an approach to therapy that uses a child’s natural communication and learning style. When children don’t have effective problem-solving skills, they act out or withdraw. In Play Therapy, children use specially designed playrooms to encourage them to access their internal experiences and resolve difficult problems. Play therapists help children work though what is troubling them through play, when they don’t have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings in the real world. Play Therapy can be used with children as young as 3 years old, but teens and young adults also find using play therapy techniques an enjoyable way to achieve their goals.

Therapists at FairView Counseling use Play Therapy in combination with other evidence-based treatments such as Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Theraplay techniques to achieve maximum success for a client’s individual goals related to some of the following issues:

  • Anxiety and fears
  • Depression and sadness
  • Developmental issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Aggression
  • ADHD/executive functioning
  • PTSD and trauma reactions
  • Family and sibling stress
  • Social withdrawal
  • Divorce and separation
  • Communication difficulties
  • Sensory issues
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attachment problems
  • Bowel and bladder concerns
  • Selective mutism
  • Social and relationship conflict

Check out this video explaining Play Therapy