Therapy for children needs to be structured differently from adults and teens. They are unable to express themselves and understand concepts in traditional talk therapy. A variety of approaches are used to help children through difficult times. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral modification, art therapy, biblotherapy, sandtray therapy, and sensory work.
Play therapy for children is effective to help children express, understand, recognize and come to terms with emotions and events in their lives. Children often do not have the ability to talk about what they have experienced like an adult or teen can. This is where play therapy comes in. Through different tools such as dolls, puppets, sand, art, and other pretend play children can act out what they are feeling. This allows them to gain the ability to handle the emotions and experiences they have had.
Sandtray therapy is also an effective tool to help children heal from traumatic events in there lives. In this process children chose miniatures to express their “worlds” and doing so they are able to resolve conflicts and remove obstacles in their lives.