Play Therapy

Using the Child's Language: Play

Play is the young child’s language and toys are their words. Play helps children make sense of their world, express their feelings, learn new skills, and heal after traumatic events.

Play Therapy is the foundation of our work with children at Center for Child Counseling, underlying all the interventions we use to help children and even teens work through trauma, loss, grief, and other circumstances that impact mental health and well-being.

A wealth of research shows that play expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization, and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004).

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is defined by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." It provides the most effective basis for working with children.

Live Workshop Series

Our 2024 series is coming soon! Click on the links below to learn more about each workshop. Early bird and student discounts are available!

Online, On-Demand Learning

After registration, you have 24/7 access and 30 days to complete the workshop!

Child-Centered Group Play Therapy

Termination in Play Therapy

Trauma and Play Therapy

Play Therapy with Families

10-Hour Play Therapy Course

About Play Therapy

Overview of Play Therapy


Our Credentials

Center for Child Counseling is an approved provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education through the Association for Play Therapy, which has developed policies, standards, and the credentialing for the practice of Play Therapy.

Our staff and trainers are credentialed, well-trained, and have access to the most recent research and interventions in play.

APT Approved Provider #09-263.


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