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Play Therapy in Edmonton & Sherwood Park

Discover the healing potential of play therapy with our experienced psychologists. Play therapy can guide your child or family toward healing and happiness.

Play therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy that uses play as a medium for helping children, adolescents, and sometimes adults express their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Unlike traditional talk therapy, play therapy leverages the natural way children communicate and learn about their world. Through activities like drawing, role-playing, and using toys or games, children can explore their emotions and work through various psychological challenges.

This therapeutic approach is particularly effective for addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral problems, and social difficulties. By engaging in play, children can process complex emotions in a safe and supportive environment, guided by a trained therapist who helps them make sense of their experiences.

Play therapy not only fosters emotional healing but also enhances social skills, boosts self-esteem, and promotes healthy coping mechanisms. It provides a valuable outlet for children to express themselves in ways that feel natural and comfortable to them.

At Little Tree, we offer a unique and highly effective therapeutic approach known as play therapy. Designed to help children, adolescents, and even some adults express themselves and navigate emotional and psychological challenges, play therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy. Our experienced psychologists provide play therapy at our Edmonton and St. Albert locations.

What is Play Therapy?

Emotional Expression: Play therapy provides a safe space for children to express their emotions through play, helping them articulate feelings they might not yet have the words for.

Trauma Processing: Through guided play, children can work through traumatic experiences in a controlled environment, gradually reducing the emotional impact of these memories.

  1. Behavioral Improvement: By understanding the underlying causes of disruptive behaviors, therapists can help children develop healthier ways of expressing their needs and emotions.

  2. Enhanced Social Skills: Play therapy encourages interaction and cooperation, helping children improve their social skills and build better relationships with peers and family members.

  3. Self-Esteem Boost: Engaging in play therapy can help children build confidence and self-worth as they navigate and overcome emotional and psychological challenges.

  4. Problem-Solving Skills: Play scenarios often involve overcoming obstacles and making decisions, which can enhance a child's problem-solving abilities and resilience in real-life situations.

How Can Play Therapy Help?

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