What is Play Therapy?

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Play Therapy is an approach to counseling utilized for children. Children learn to understand the world through play. Play Therapy embraces play to facilitate therapeutic interventions. Play can include games, dolls, art activities, sports, make-believe, or any other activity that fits a child developmentally and emotionally.

Play Therapy can be beneficial for children with behavioral issues. Because these children might not have the words to communicate their feelings or might not want to, this allows them a space to express themselves and share their feelings through play.

Play therapists get to know the child’s specific interests and can tailor their counseling space to make it unique for each child. As the counselor observes and interacts with the child, they can understand the emotions that lead to their behaviors. Over time, therapists can encourage children to use play to express feelings instead of expressing them through inappropriate or harmful behaviors.

Play Therapy can also be used for adults to help them connect with their inner creativity and facilitate child-like joy.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Play Therapy

Nicole Pizza, LMFT, NCC



I believe that everyone has the tools they need within themselves, sometimes we all just need a little help discovering them and mastering them. My goal is to help you work through whatever is getting in the way of your success and potential. Overall, I use a teamwork approach combined with empathy and knowledge to help you reach your goals.
I work with clients who may be struggling with family conflict, partnership phase of life issues and individuals seeking to meet their goals through strength-based methods to build confidence, empower families and partners to move relationships to the next level. During our initial sessions, we will explore the presenting issues then collaborate to create a strength-base goals plan.

Waju S. Long, LPC, LLC



Hi, I’m Waju! I’m a dedicated and experienced therapist with years of experience in various settings. My extensive background helps me with valuable skills in guiding teens and young adults through various challenges. I am passionate about fostering the well-being of adolescents and families. Together, we can make a positive change in life.