Play is to the child what verbalization is to the adult. It is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, and self-fulfillment. Given the opportunity, children will play out their feelings and needs in a manor or process of expression… toys are used like words by children and play is their language… Fish swim, birds fly, children play.
— Garry L. Landreth, Founder of the Center for Play Therapy
Everything is communication. In offering a warm and supportive space for play therapy, my aim is to listen carefully to what a child is communicating through play. A gradual and unhurried process, the playroom is a place in which a child can explore his or her feelings, including those found to be particularly troubling or messy. Over time, a child can grow in self-understanding and confidence in his or her ability to solve problems in ways that are more mature, creative, responsible, and constructive.
Supporting parents over the course of a child’s treatment is also a valuable part of the process.