Play therapy is a form of therapeutic treatment that supports children and families to express their emotions, improve communication, and solve problems in adaptive and healthy ways. Play therapy capitalizes on children’s natural ability to express their feelings and resolve conflict through play. It’s most appropriate for ages 4-12 years of age or with families of children that age. Often times there is a combination of individual child-work that is done with specific activities such as drawing, acting out events with psycho-drama, sandtray, storytelling, and other therapeutic games. It is important to include the family as well, looking at parent-and-child interactions, helping to illuminate any concerns or barriers within the relationship, and to help problem-solve and find strategies to strengthen the family relationship.