How Does Play Therapy Work?

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Play therapy is a type of therapy that is used to help children work through their issues in a safe and supportive environment. It is based on the idea that play is a child’s natural language and can be used to express emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Our compassionate specialists at Rocky Mountain Psychological Services (RMPS) in Calgary are certified play therapists, or have education and training in play therapy. We use play activities and toys to encourage the child to explore their emotions and work through issues. Learn more below about how play therapy works, and contact us today!

What Issues Can Play Therapy Treat?

Play therapy is often used to help children who have experienced trauma or have emotional and behavioral difficulties. It can also help children who have difficulty communicating their feelings in a traditional therapy setting.

What Happens During Play Therapy?

During play therapy, a play therapist will observe and interact with the child in an effort to better understand their needs and feelings. The professional therapist will use play activities and toys to help the child explore their feelings and to encourage them to express themselves. This can include activities such as drawing, role-playing, and storytelling.

Play & Talk Therapy Combined

Our wonderful play therapists will also use verbal interaction to help the child understand their emotions. This can include discussing the child’s feelings, exploring different solutions to problems, and helping the child to develop coping skills. The therapist may also ask the child questions to explore their feelings and understand their emotions.

The Benefits of Play Therapy

Play-based therapy can be an effective way to help children work through their issues and can provide a safe and supportive environment for them to do so. It is important to remember that it takes time for play therapy to be effective, and the child may need multiple sessions to gain the most benefit from it.


If you have a child whom you think could benefit from play therapy, contact the certified play therapists at Rocky Mountain Psychological Services in Calgary today.

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