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What is Play Therapy?

Children naturally use play for healing. Through play they express feelings, what is troubling them, and their understanding the world around them. Play also allows them a way to try new solutions. Often children’s play remains in metaphor. Art Therapists understand metaphor and can support the child’s movement toward healthy resolution. Play can be in the sand tray as interactive “sand tray”, using puppets, a doll house, dolls, and therapeutic/board games. Games are used in groups and family therapy as they help facilitate sharing, cooperation, structure, patience, and good sportsmanship.