Can play therapy be used with adolescents?
Play Therapy is very effective with adolescents. Sessions focus on creative techniques to help adolescents become aware of and understand their feelings and thoughts. An example would be to ask the adolescent to draw a situation, feeling or dream, enact it or model it in clay. Music is often used when building the relationship or for expressing emotion.
Play therapy is an effective aid in assisting adolescents to learn about themselves, clear up their cluttered emotions or thoughts, learn to accept themselves and to become more mature and self-confident.
Play therapy also provides opportunities to experiment with new behaviour in a safe environment, be it in individual therapy or in group therapy. Group work is quite effective for making friends, becoming assertive, and learning skills and coping mechanisms from other teenagers who experience similar problems or challenges.