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*Play therapy is a form of counseling by which mental health professionals use play-based models and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children, achieve optimal mental health.
*Play therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioral problems and/or are preventing children from realizing their potential.
*The play therapist works to integrate a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, mostly responding to the child's wishes. The play therapist forms a therapeutic relationship and often works systemically taking into account and perhaps dealing with the social environment of the clients (peers, siblings, family, school, etc).
*Play therapy may be non-directive (where the child decides what to do in a session, within safe boundaries), directive (where the therapist leads the way) or a mixture of the two. Play therapy is particularly effective with children who cannot, or do not want to talk about their problems.
Sand Tray Therapy
*This method of therapy is often used with children, but can be applied to teens, adults, couples, families and groups as well.
*Sand tray therapy allows a client to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The newly created microcosm then acts as a reflection of the clients own life and allows the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and to connect to their inner being and recognize the beauty of their own souls as they begin to accept themselves.
*The sand tray environment presents an atmosphere free from threats, violence, and retribution and the clients are capable of acting out any scenarios that present themselves. By beginning to facilitate change on a fictitious level, clients gain the courage and ability to recognize that these same changes can be made in their own lives