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Counseling in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -Fred Rogers

Here at Kinship, Play therapy is a specialized form of therapy designed to help children express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences through play. It provides a safe and supportive environment where children can explore and communicate their emotions, process trauma, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

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Play Therapy – What is it?

Play therapy is based on the understanding that children may not have the verbal language skills to express themselves fully, especially when dealing with emotional struggles or trauma. Instead, they naturally communicate and make sense of their world through play. Play therapy utilizes this medium as a way for children to communicate and work through their challenges.


How does play therapy work?

In a play therapy session, a trained therapist creates a playroom filled with toys, art materials, and other activities that allow children to express themselves freely. Through play, children can act out scenarios, create stories, or use toys to represent their emotions and experiences. The therapist observes and interacts with the child to understand their world and support their emotional healing.


Types of Play Therapy

Non-Directive Play Therapy:

Also known as child-centered play therapy, this approach allows children to lead the play while the therapist offers support and a non-judgmental environment.

Directive Play Therapy:

In this approach, the therapist may guide the play more actively, using specific activities or techniques to address certain issues or help the child learn coping skills.

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Benefits of Play Therapy

  • Emotional Expression: Children can express complex emotions that they may struggle to articulate verbally.
  • Trauma Processing: Play therapy aids in processing traumatic experiences in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Enhanced Communication: It can improve communication and social skills.
  • Empowerment: Allows children to regain a sense of control and empowerment over their emotions.

Who can benefit from play therapy?

Play therapy is especially effective for children aged 3 to 12 who may be dealing with behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, divorce, or other emotional challenges. It is also beneficial for children on the autism spectrum or those with developmental delays.

We take an integrative and holistic psychotherapy approach, seeing you as a whole person: mind, body, and soul. Kinship means connection and through it we find belonging that is essential for living wholeheartedly.

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