Play Therapy Works


Why Play?
“Play is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, and self-fulfillment.” Garry Landreth, Ed.D., LPC, RPT-S

Play is essential to human growth, development, learning, and cultivating relationships. Play is a natural process that:

  • Builds trust and mastery
  • Fosters learning and acceptable behaviors
  • Regulates emotions
  • Reduces anxieties
  • Promotes creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Encourages open communication
  • Elevates spirit and self-esteem.

Play is our first language. Just as adults use words to communicate, children use play. When playing, we express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden.

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

Why Play Therapists?
Play Therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have earned a Master’s or Doctorate degree in a mental health field and obtained considerable general clinical experience and supervision. Examples include professional counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, school counselors and school psychologists, psychiatric nurses, etc.

Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapist­ Supervisors (RPT-S) are licensed professionals who have additionally obtained specific play therapy education, training, and supervised experience.

Why APT?
“APT provides affordable access to play therapy community resources that help us observe the highest standards of care for our clients.”
Eliana Gil, Ph.D., LMFT-S, RPT-S

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is the national professional society that advances Play Therapy. It sponsors the research, credentialing, training, and peer networking programs that elevate the expertise of mental health professionals engaged in play therapy practice, instruction, and supervision.