Family and Play Therapy

Why play therapy? The therapeutic use of play allows trained professionals to better communicate with and help children to achieve optimal mental health. A growing number of mental health professionals believe that play is as important to human happiness as love and work.

Play therapy is increasingly recognized as an effective practice by mental health practitioners, psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, community mental health centers, managed care providers, judges and attorneys, and families.

Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates emotions, and boosts confidence. Play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are fostered through play.

Association for Play Therapy

Toys work like the child's words and play is like the child's language. Through play, positive relationships quickly develop between therapists and children. This provides a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing. Play therapy can promote cognitive development, provide insight, and help resolve inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking.

Linda M. Silva
566 Murphy Highway Suite 205B
Blairsville, Georgia 30512

Phone: (706) 745-2074


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