Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression ... It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.”

                                                       Virginia Axline

Why Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Licensed professional therapeutically use play to help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds.

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy provides therapeutic sessions that promote healing through creative play.
Play therapy draws on the child’s innate abilities and strengths while accommodating non-verbal communication and thus fostering self-healing.

Sand Tray

First Tray:
Called this the Land of Sorrow
Abuser is getting devoured by the shark.

Sand Tray

Second Tray: Progression
Called “Land of Happiness” where the abuser was placed in jail.

Aggressive Play

Sexual Abuse Victim
Violently exploded on bop bag.
Duct taped the face to cover and diminish rival.

Protective, Bury, and Containment Play

Secrets sometimes can be buried.  Secrets can also be contained so nobody knows about them.

Sexual Abuse

Band-Aid on private parts and mouth.

Protective and Mastery Theme

Duct taped “Dad” to the police car.
Gaining mastery over trauma in the home.
Bring in an authority figure to help, (Police)

Messy Play

Second session:
Looked at everything before.
Put items in a specific bag
Verbally stated putting away  all of weapons away from dad.
Blocked the  door to keep dad out.

Messy Play

First Session:
Took arm and swept four shelves and dumped them in a bucket.

For more information contact
Carrie Holden
Counselor/Registered Play Therapist

Beacon Center


801 Jenson SE/PO Box 781
Watertown, SD 57201

Crisis Line: 605-886-4300 / 1-800-660-8014

Business: 605-886-4304  Fax: 605-878-2045


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