Play therapy is a system and technique that helps children to cope with their feelings and difficulties by re-enacting them in the playroom, helping them to regulate their behavior, clarify their self-perception, and establish healthy bonds.
While the difficulties experienced in adult therapy are discussed by talking, children also talk about their feelings and problems by playing.
Because play is a child’s natural means of talking about himself, the child has the opportunity to express his problematic feelings such as tension, aggression, anxiety, distrust, insecurity, frustration, confusion and bewilderment through play.
The play therapist, on the other hand, helps the child to understand his problems, to discover his painful feelings and attitudes, and to bring the child to analysis by confronting them.
The aim in play therapy is to support children in developing their emotional and social functionality that will coincide with their developmental period.
In play therapy, the child is curative because he has the opportunity to re-enact his past experiences and feelings through play.
During the therapy period, the child gets rid of his/her inhibitions and continues his/her developmental period from where he/she left off.