Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate child counseling approach based in theory and research. This modality has been used by mental health professionals for nearly 70 years, responding to children through their natural language of play. Research has shown that play therapy is effective for variety of behavioral, social, and emotional concerns, including but not limited to acting out, aggression, worries and fears, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and sadness (Lin and Bratton, 2015).

For more information, visit the Association for Play Therapy (APT) website.