Play Therapy

Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help children ages 3 to 12 explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play. Therapeutic play takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom, where very few rules or limits are imposed on the child, encouraging free expression and allowing the therapist to observe the child’s choices, decisions, and play style. The goal is to help children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to solve problems.

Play therapy responds to the unique developmental needs of young children, who often express themselves better through play activities than through verbal communication. The therapist uses play and other creative activities to communicate with the child and observe how the child uses these activities to express thoughts and feelings that are not expressed in words.

There are two approaches to play therapy:

  • Nondirective play therapy is based on the principle that children can resolve their own issues given the right conditions and the freedom to play with limited instruction and supervision.
  • Directive play therapy uses more input from the therapist to help speed up results. Play therapists use both approaches, depending on the circumstances.

  • Hours

    8am to 8pm

    8am to 5pm

    By Appointment

    Additionally, a 24-hour answering service is available seven days per week to respond to emergencies.


    2100 Hemmeter Road
    Saginaw, MI 48603
    Phone (989) 799-2100
    Fax (989) 799-2637

    615 S. Euclid
    Bay City, MI 48706
    Phone (989) 439-1513
    Fax (989) 439-1512

    1000 N. Johnson
    Bay City, MI 48708
    Phone (989)895-8666
    Fax (989)778-3317

    5912 Eastman Avenue
    Midland, MI 48640
    Phone (989)799-2100
    Fax (989)799-2637