What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy helps children ages two to ten express themselves through a developmentally natural form of communication, play! 

Play therapy:

  • Builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. 
  • Helps children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.
  • Provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
  • Helps children cope with difficult emotions and find healthier solutions to problems.
  • Allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.


Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies.


  • Learning: 
    • Self-Soothing Strategies
    • Emotion Regulation Skills
    • Anger & Anxiety Management
    • Appropriate Communication Skills
    • Patience & Responsible Choices
    • How to Follow Rules & Limits
  • Decreasing:
    • Anxiety & Stress
    • Anger & Frustration
    • Self-Doubt & Low Self-Esteem
    • Self-Harming & Destructive Behaviors
    • Unhealthy Attachments & Relationships
  •  Healing:
    • Grief & Loss 
    • Post Traumatic Stress
    • Neglect & Abandonment
    • Divorce or Separation of Parents
    • Psychological, Physical, or Sexual Abuse


Play Therapy

Lake Norman Counselors