What Is Play Therapy? And Is It Just For Kids?

What exactly is Play Therapy?

I get this question a lot. And I get it. To some people, it may not sound like a real thing. But it is. And it’s valuable and effective! I am a member of the Association for Play Therapy, a national network of certified play therapists, and they have an excellent article answering some of the most common questions about Play Therapy, as well as some of the research studies done over the years proving its effectiveness. You can read that article here: Play Therapy Makes a Difference

So is it just for kids? Not necessarily. Have you ever had one of those moments where you know what you’re trying to say, but you can’t put it into words? Play Therapy is helpful in illustrating, expressing, and communicating concepts that are often difficult for us to wrap our heads around, let alone communicate to others. In work with couples and families, Play Therapy can be a safe and non-threatening way for individuals to explore and communicate their viewpoints and feelings, as well as better understand each other.

To read more about the history and development of, as well as the neuroscience behind Play Therapy, check out this link: About Play Therapy

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give me a call at (314) 392-2895 or email abundantlifecounselingstl@gmail.com.

About Abundant Life Counseling St. Louis

Julie Williamson is the Founder and Therapist of Abundant Life Counseling St. Louis LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents facing the challenges of depression, anxiety, relationships, spiritual struggles, and life transitions.