Play Therapy

Therapists and skills workers at Secure Base Counseling Center use play to help children express themselves, manage their emotions and behaviors and learn new skills that allow them to be successful. 

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Play therapy is a therapeutic intervention that honors the child's unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Licensed mental health professionals use play to help their clients to better express themselves and resolve their problems.


Play Therapy is a primary intervention or a supportive therapy for:

  • Behavioral problems, such as: 

    • anger management

    • grief and loss 

    • divorce and abandonment 

    • crisis and trauma

  • Behavioral disorders, such as:

    • anxiety 

    • depression

    • attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD)

    • autism or pervasive developmental problems

    • academic and social developmental

    • physical and learning disabilities

    • conduct disorders


Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.


Source: Association for Play Therapy,

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