The Center for
Cognitive Therapy

Play Therapy




For children who have not yet developed self-awareness, or lack the words to describe how they feel, play is a method of communicating non-verbal ‘scripts’, and is often a child’s best language to communicate what is on their minds. Theorists have observed that children use play to make meaning, understand themselves and resolve conflict. As such, play serves as an effective tool for therapists to identify themes and help young children understand themselves. Occasionally, parents will be invited to participate in their child’s play therapy session which has been observed to stimulate profound change.