Play & Art Therapy
I found I could say things with color and shapes
that I couldn’t say any other way things I had no words for.
– Georgia O’Keeffe
What is Play Therapy?
Association For Play Therapy
Play Therapy is defined by APT as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is used to help people manage physical and emotional problems by using creative activities to express emotions. It provides a way for people to come to terms with emotional conflicts, increase self-awareness, and express unspoken concerns about their illness and their lives. “Expressive arts therapy” may also include the use of dance and movement, drama, poetry, and photo therapy, as well as more traditional art methods.
Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative act can be healing. It helps people express hidden emotions; reduces stress, fear, and anxiety; and provides a sense of freedom. Many art therapists also believe the act of creation influences brain wave patterns and the chemicals released by the brain. Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems (Reddy, Files-Hall& amp; Schaefer 2005).