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Play Therapy

Why choose play therapy?

Play therapy is a great alternative to talk therapy for children. In play therapy, the toys are kids' tools for expression and connection.

You have probably seen the power of play when you observe children playing. Through toys and games, they connect with others, explore their understanding of how the world works, and practice skills they'll use throughout their whole life, like problem-solving and conflict resolution. 

Play therapy builds on that natural power of play to help children feel better by helping them to:

  • Express their feelings 

  • Develop responsibility and more successful strategies for behavior

  • Solve problems in new and creative ways

  • Develop empathy for others' thoughts and feelings

  • Learn coping skills

  • Build confidence in their own resilience and abilities 

When is play therapy recommended? 

Play therapy is a great treatment option for preschool and school-aged children, and can help with many presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, anger, grief and loss, big changes like divorce or a move, etc. 

At the end of play therapy treatment here at Embolden, our goal is for your child to feel joyful and capable of meeting life's challenges with strength and purpose.  

My child is diagnosed with autism. Is play therapy the right fit?

Play therapy can be a great resource for autistic children! We follow a model called AutPlay, which is a strengths-based approach that builds on your child's interests and personal strengths. After a thorough assessment of your child's skills in areas like social navigation, emotional awareness, and regulation needs, we will create a play therapy regimen that meets your child where they are.


Play therapy serves as a safe and affirming environment for your child to make progress on the skills that will help them lead a full and fulfilling life!

If you are interested in more information about play therapy at Embolden, please email Melany at

For more information about play therapy in general, visit the Association for Play Therapy website, or watch the quick introduction video below.

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