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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play and creative activities to help children express their feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Play therapy is based on the idea that children naturally communicate through play, and that play can be a powerful tool for promoting emotional healing, self-expression, and growth.


In a play therapy session, a trained therapist creates a playroom environment with a variety of toys, games, art supplies, and other materials that allow children to engage in creative and imaginative play. The therapist observes the child's play behavior and interactions with the materials, and uses these observations to understand the child's thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through play, children can explore and express their emotions, work through difficult experiences, develop coping skills, and build self-esteem.


Play therapy can be used to address a wide range of issues, including behavioral problems, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, family conflict, and social skills deficits. Play therapists use a variety of techniques, such as storytelling, role-playing, art-making, puppetry, and sandplay, to help children work through their challenges and develop healthy ways of coping.


Play therapy can be conducted in individual or group sessions, and can be used with children of all ages and abilities. Play therapists are trained mental health professionals who have specialized training in child development, play therapy techniques, and therapeutic interventions.


Overall, play therapy provides children with a safe and supportive space to express themselves, process their emotions, and learn new ways of coping with life's challenges. It can be a powerful and effective approach for helping children overcome difficulties and achieve emotional well-being.

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Contact us

Breckenridge Location:

Phone: 218.643.9330

Fax: 218.641.1001

Address: 115 5th St N

Breckenridge, MN 56520​

Fargo South Location:

Phone: 701.532.1353 option 1

Fax: 701.532.1505

Address: 3369 39th St S Suite 2 Fargo, ND 58104

Fargo West Location:

Phone: 701.532.1353 option 2

Fax: 701.532.1505

Address: 4955 17th Ave S #122 Fargo, ND 58103

Grand Forks Location:

Phone: 701.792.7001

Fax: 701.792.7002

Address: 2303 S. Washington St

Grand Forks, ND 58201

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