In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language.
– Dr. Garry Landreth
Play is a child’s natural means of communication. Play therapy is a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a therapist trained in play therapy practice. In the context of a safe relationship, a play therapist sets the stage for children to fully express and explore their sense of self (feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors). Through therapeutic play, children are able to work towards optimal growth, development and healing. Play allows us access to the inner world of children, which helps facilitate better understanding and ways to best support their needs.
At Fairfax Place Therapy, we believe empowering parents with the skills and wisdom to best connect to their child is a transformative experience for both the child and parent. A lot of our work with children includes supporting parents in becoming therapeutic agents of change in their child’s journey. We also partner with each child’s support system to ensure a collaborative approach.