What is Play Therapy

There are several different types of Play Therapy. At Cedar Valley we believe that we need to fit the therapeutic intervention to the child and not fit the child into the therapeutic intervention. This allows us to offer several different types of Play Therapy. We offer Non-Directive, Directive, Filial, and PCIT.

Non-Directive: In this type of play therapy the child leads the play and the therapist follows. Play is the natural language of children, and toys become the words they use to communicate, represent their world. The therapist provides a safe place where the child is free to be who they are. The therapist helps the child process their experiences by reflecting themes of play and by taking a role in the play.

Directive: In this type of play therapy the therapist will have activities specifically designed to address concerns for the child. Through this type of play a child can process their experiences and express their feelings without the pressures of traditional talk therapy.

Filial: In this type of play therapy the child’s parent enters the playroom. The child’s parent learns the techniques of Non-directive Play Therapy and reflects themes and emotions expressed. This can be helpful for parents to experience their child’s world and increase their bond.

PCIT: In this type of play therapy parent and child complete a 4-6 month process that teaches specific interactions within a supportive therapy setting. These interventions are designed to strengthen attachment between caregiver and child as well as minimize negative and oppositional behaviors.