Play Therapy at Tidwell

Current research shows that play therapy is one of the most effective tools for counseling children. Tidwell Social Work is proud to offer this type of evidence-based therapy because of the natural and familiar way that it helps children work through difficult issues.


Improve communication

Play therapy actively engages children and improves communication.

Express feelings

Encourages expression of problems from a removed perspective


Modify Behaviors

Replace problem behaviors with positive alternatives.

Play is the Child’s Language and Play is Fun

Playing is an enjoyable activity that lifts our spirits and brightens our life outlook. It encourages self-expression and allows us to practice skills and critical thinking necessary for survival and social functioning. Many renowned professionals agree that play is as important to happiness and wellness as work and love. Play stimulates creative thinking, encourages emotional regulation, relieves stress & boredom, and promotes healthy connections with others.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age does play therapy work best for?

Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old (Carmichael, 2006; Gil, 1991; Landreth, 2002; Schaefer, 1993).

How soon can my child get scheduled?

We understand that when you need help that it’s important to get in as soon as possible. That’s why we make quick scheduling a priority. We are able to schedule appointments in as little as 48 hours.

What problems can Play Therapy help with?

Research on Play Therapy has demonstrated that it is an effective tool to overcome a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems such as life stressors, divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters.

Play therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

Play therapy has proven equally effective across age, gender, and presenting problem.

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How long does Play Therapy take?

Individual needs vary. Play Therapy sessions are usually held weekly and are 50 minutes long. On average, 20 sessions are needed to resolve the problem that the child was referred to therapy for.

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