Specially trained therapists aim to create a safe place for children to express their unique experience. Through play, therapists facilitate communication with a child by speaking their language and connecting with them at their developmental level Play therapy can involve art, music, movement, specifically-created therapeutic games, board games, action figures, sand trays, video games, dress up costumes, dollhouses, puppets, and more. Children, adolescents, and adults can benefit from play and art in therapy, with therapists facilitating play that fits best for each individual. Not only can play help diffuse the tension of therapy for many children to facilitate deeper conversation, but it can also help children express themselves outside of the constraints of language and words.
Dr. Victoria Keyser is a Registered Play Therapist and a member of The Association for Play Therapy. She specializes in the use of play to help children with grief and loss, divorce, depression, anxiety, and behavioral challenges.
Dr Keyser also trains graduate student trainees and prelicensed clinicians how to use the magic of play in therapy.
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.