Play Therapy for Children and Teens

Play Therapy for Children and Teens

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” –Plato


Play Therapy for Children and Teens Approach

MindTree Holistic Counseling strongly believes that every child has innate strengths of their own to cope with difficulties.  These strengths become less dominant when a child internalizes a negative experience and label themselves by his/her failures. Children have emotional needs similar to an adult, but may not verbally communicate their feelings just like an adult would do. Children feel safe when they communicate their feelings and emotions through play.

MindTree Holistic Counseling has professionals, trained in child centered play therapy, who will provide a safe therapeutic environment with selective therapeutic toys to help a child (3-15 years) process and express his or her feelings in the form of play. Play therapy helps children and adolescents learn social skills, gain academic excellence, foster self-esteem, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and identify strengths to problem solve difficulties. Therapists combines other modalities like Cognitive behavior therapy, art therapy, sand therapy, yoga and mindfulness tailored specific to the child’s developmental age and emotional needs.

Issues Addressed with Play Therapy for Children and Teens

  • Fear of school
  • Test Anxiety
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Lack of focus and attention in a particular task
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Divorce
  • Peer relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Low academic excellence
  • ADHD
  • Conflict with parents
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism
  • Elimination disorders – Enuresis and Emesis
  • Sleep Issues

Visit the Contact page to schedule your play therapy appointment

Some more information on Play therapy adapted from Association of Play Therapy webpage –

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