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Play Therapy

A guide to finding resources and information about Play Therapy


This guide was created for patrons looking for general consumer health information. These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For questions related to advice, diagnosis, or treatment please contact a licensed medical provider.

What is Play Therapy?

Merriam-Webster (n.d.) defines Play Therapy as, “psychotherapy in which a child is encouraged to reveal feelings and conflicts in play rather than by verbalization.”  It is a therapy where through the use of toys and games and other forms of play, a child communicates much like in verbal therapy for adults.

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Play therapy. In dictionary. Retrieved June 1, 2020, from


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