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Updated by evangelia on May 06, 2021
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Reasons to choose play therapy for your little ones!

Play therapy helps children overcome their difficulties through play! Children have fun, while working on their problems. Find out how play therapy works....


Because the child is the leader throughout the session. By being “leaders”, children’s self-esteem is promoted. They become responsible and move from “me” to “us” (Weeler & Dillman Taylor, 2016).

Because play promotes learning. A new synapse in the brain is created by approximately 400 repetitions. Unless it is done in play! According to Purvis and Cross (1999), it only tales 10-20 repetitions. Also, the child gains insight on his abilities, while learning new skills. Through play therapy, children get prepared for the journey of life.

Because play therapy adjusts to children’s developmental and personal needs. There are tailor made activities i.e. a therapeutic story exclusively written for a specific child, his experiences, his worries, gender, both chronological and mental age.

Because it works both on the conscious and unconscious.

It is an interactive process. Children are not bored. They have and active role, they are relaxed and have fun. Chances to resist to therapy are limited.

The therapist’s non-judgmental attitude helps children express freely and play as they wish. Through free, undirected play, they process their thoughts, emotions, and difficulties i.e., unresolved trauma (Siegel, 2012).

Because it does not make children feel uncomfortable by asking questions. A warm and friendly relationship is soon established between the child and the therapist. The child feels safe to express the inner self.

Evangelia Zacharopoulou, Child Psychologist, Play Therapist

Because spoken language is not children’s natural language of emotion. Their natural language of emotion is through metaphor and symbols just like in play, tales, and dreams. It is the “ticket” to enter children’s world, while at the same time, they feel safe and secure. Children acknowledge their emotions and thoughts and discover their inner self, while looking at their problem from a distance.