Child-focused therapy often occurs while using the elaborate mechanism of play. Engaging in play is a natural guise for children to process and share unprocessed emotions and help establish firm emotional regulation. While engaging in play therapy might appear like an ordinary playtime, play therapy can be much more than that. Because children may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults, play therapy can serve as the bridge to share many of these underlying emotions. Typically, play therapy is utilized with children between the ages of 3 and 12. Play therapy may be helpful in a variety of circumstances, such as: developmental delay or learning disabilities problem behaviors in school aggressive or angry behavior family issues, like divorce, separation, or death of a close family member natural disasters or traumatic events domestic violence, abuse, or neglect anxiety, depression, grief eating and toileting disorders attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Through play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviors.
Adolescences require a safe space to explore sensitive issues without distraction. Therapy for ages 10 and above is designed to help pre-teens and teenagers learn how to claim their voice, accept constructive feedback, and develop self-esteem, without pressure. Positive interaction and feedback helps adolescences cultivate healthy boundaries and develop strong relationships with themselves and their family system.