“Play is the child’s way of communicating just as talking is the adult’s natural way of communicating. In the playroom, toys are used like words and play is the child’s language.”

Dr. Garry Landreth, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship
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Play Therapy

Play therapy helps children express themselves when they may not have the words or ability to adequately express thoughts and feelings.  In a safe setting,  children can freely play out their experiences and resolve challenges from everyday stress to grief and traumatic events.  Play therapy helps children:

  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Become more responsible for behavior.
  • Develop more successful strategies and coping skills.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.

To learn more about the effectiveness of play therapy, The Association for Play Therapy has an extensive body of evidence-based research at this link.

Individual Sessions

Through weekly 45-minute sessions, I help children with the following:

  • Traumatic events (i.e. car accidents, bullying)
  • Life transitions (i.e. moving, changing schools)
  • Grief and loss
  • Depressed and anxious mood
  • School difficulties

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Parent Consultations

In support of a child’s growth and healing in play therapy, I work very closely with parents and families in order to facilitate positive shifts in the parent–child relationships and the whole family dynamic.

What is a Registered Play Therapist?

I am a Registered Play Therapist accredited with the Association for Play Therapy.  To become a Registered Play Therapist, Master’s level therapists must have earned at least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, 350 hours of supervised play therapy experience, 150 clock hours of play therapy specific education, and be licensed by their state board of practice.

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* All information on this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Liz Gray, LCSW, RPT and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Correspondence does not constitute an established therapist-client relationship, psychological treatment, or diagnosis.