Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist uses a method of play as a medium to communicate and understand the child. Therapists strategically use play therapy to build a rapport with the child and to help the child to express what is troubling him/her when they don’t have the required verbal abilities to express their thoughts and feelings clearly.

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Play therapy is used to treat problems that are interfering with the normal development of the child. Play therapy is used to resolve these problems and help steer the child towards a better growth and development, social integration and emotional modulation.

There are many play therapy techniques which can be used depending upon the problems and circumstances of the child.  Let’s have a look at some of the play therapy techniques which can also be practiced at home with children to resolve some of the common issues like sibling rivalry, helping the children to express their blocked feelings, desires and needs and resolve any emotional conflicts.

At Pause for Perspective, we offer psychotherapy involving play therapy for children, family counseling, counseling for children with Conduct disorder, ADHD, Anxiety related issues and behavioral issues. Please call us at 9490708947 for assessment and therapy.


Heidi Kaudson and Charles Schaefer, 2004, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, New York, Rowman and Littlefield publishers.

Tara M. Hall, Heidi Gerard Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer, 2002, Fifteen Effective Play Therapy Techniques, Retrieved from

This post is written by our inhouse counseling intern.