“Play is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, and self-fulfillment.” Garry Landreth, Ed.D., LPC, RPT-S
According to the Association for Play Therapy, play is described as a natural process that builds trust and mastery, facilitates learning and appropriate behaviors, regulates emotions, reduces anxiety, promotes problem-solving and creativity, encourages open conversations and raises self-esteem.
A child’s way of expression is through play. A child’s ability to communicate with words increases with age, but for any child, the primary way of communication is through play. A skilled clinician has the tools to guide a child through play, supporting their journey to resolve trauma, abuse, difficult experiences, and troubling behavior. Parents are encouraged to learn these skills to help facilitate their child’s healing and can be actively involved in the treatment process.
KCA has a specially designed parent group that is held a minimum of twice a year (January and September), and teaches parents play therapy skills to help empower and connect to their child(ren).