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Play therapy is a form of counseling that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. Play therapy is used for emotional regulation, to improve social skills, and resolve trauma. Filial therapy is a form of family play therapy, developed by Bernard and Louise Guerney This approach emphasizes a structured training program for parents in which they learn how to employ child-centered play sessions in the home.

Play is essential to human growth, development, learning and cultivating relationships.


Play is a natural process that:

  • Builds trust and mastery

  • Fosters learning and acceptable behaviors

  • Regulates emotions

  • Reduces anxieties

  • Promotes creative thinking and problem-solving

  • Encourages open communication

  • Elevates self esteem

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April 11, 2018

When storm clouds are looming and the waters of life are getting rough, it is often difficult to know how to navigate the dark and choppy waters. We may feel alone and steering through the waters without a chart to guide us. It is especially challenging when a child is adrift. Finding the right help can be confusing and overwhelming. At Waters Edge, our goal is to provide guidance to help you navigate the murky waters, identify resources you have and obtain the healing that you seek.

April 11, 2018

A broad set of theoretical elements help to perpetuate play therapy procedures. For example, a counselor may seek to work from their identified theoretical basis (i.e., psychoanalytic, Gestalt, Adlerian) through their practice of play therapy. Each of these theoretical components can be incorporated into three primary means of the play therapy environment.

April 11, 2018

When young children, ages 2 to 9, are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems, the usefulness of talk therapy is limited because they often cannot communicate effectively using words. Play therapy continues to gain momentum as a viable approach to work therapeutically with young children because it is based on the premise that children communicate best through their usual way of relating — play. Using play in therapy is the most natural and effective way to help children.

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