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Communicating Thoughts and Feelings Through Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses play as a means of communication between the therapist and the client. It is a developmentally appropriate way for children to express themselves and explore their feelings and experiences. Play therapy can also be used with teens and adults who may struggle with verbal communication.

Through play, clients can communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a nonverbal way that is less intimidating than traditional talk therapy. Play therapy utilizes a variety of toys and materials such as art supplies, puppets, sand, and miniature figurines, to provide a safe and nurturing environment for clients to express themselves and work through their challenges.

The therapist acts as a facilitator, providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for clients to play and explore. Play therapy can help clients develop problem-solving skills, improve communication, build self-esteem, and process difficult emotions. It can be used to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral issues.

Animal Assisted Play Therapy
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Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Animal-Assisted Play Therapy is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that includes the use of animals in both psychotherapy and play therapy. The focus is on the nature of the relationship between the animal, client, and therapist, and the unique benefits that animals can bring to the therapeutic process.

Through the presence of animals in therapy sessions, clients can experience increased feelings of safety, comfort, and trust. Animals can also serve as a bridge for clients who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally or have experienced trauma, as they provide a non-judgmental and calming presence.

Animal-Assisted Play Therapy can be used to address a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. It is a flexible approach that can be tailored to the unique needs of each client, and can include a variety of animals, such as dogs, cats, horses, and even birds.

The use of animals in therapy has been shown to have numerous benefits, including increased empathy and social skills, improved emotional regulation, and decreased stress and anxiety. Animal-Assisted Play Therapy is an effective therapeutic tool that can help clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their emotions, and promote healing and growth.


Theraplay is a therapeutic approach developed to promote healthy patterns of interaction between parents and children, using playful activities to strengthen attachment and build better relationships.


Through attachment-based play, Theraplay helps parents and children improve communication, empathy, and trust, which can have long-lasting positive effects on their relationship.

Theraplay involves the use of playful and engaging activities that are tailored to the individual needs of each child and parent. By participating in these activities together, parents and children can develop a deeper understanding of each other's needs and emotions, leading to stronger bonds and a more secure attachment.

Theraplay is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be effective in improving parent-child relationships, reducing behavioral problems, and increasing parental confidence. It can also be used in combination with other therapeutic approaches to address a range of mental health issues.

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Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray Therapy is a therapeutic approach that utilizes a nonverbal and expressive process to help clients gain deeper insights into themselves. This projective therapy involves the use of a tray filled with sand and a collection of miniature figurines, allowing clients to create a three-dimensional representation of their inner world.

Through the process of creating scenes and stories in the sand, clients can explore their feelings and experiences in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Sandtray Therapy is particularly useful for clients who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, as it allows them to communicate their thoughts and emotions in a symbolic way.

Sandtray Therapy is a flexible approach that can be tailored to the unique needs of each client, and can be used to address a wide range of mental health issues, including trauma, grief, and anxiety. It has been shown to be an effective therapeutic tool in helping clients develop insight, increase self-awareness, and promote healing.

Sandtray Therapy

Autplay Therapy

Autplay Therapy is a specialized approach that combines the principles of play therapy with behavioral therapy, sensory integration techniques, and relationship-building strategies. It is specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals, including those with developmental differences.


At Kid Counseling Montana, we understand the importance of play in promoting healing, growth, and development. Through Autplay Therapy, we create a safe and supportive environment where neurodivergent children can engage in purposeful play to foster communication, emotional regulation, social skills, and overall well-being. Our certified Autplay Therapy practitioner is dedicated to providing innovative and effective therapy for neurodivergent children, teens, and families.


Our goal is to empower neurodivergent children and teens by equipping them with the tools they need to thrive in their daily lives. Autplay Therapy focuses on enhancing communication, increasing emotional resilience, and fostering positive relationships within the family and wider community.


Through our expertise in Autplay Therapy, we can help your child build essential life skills, improve self-esteem, and navigate the unique challenges they face. Our practitioner's extensive knowledge in child development, psychology, and animal-assisted therapy ensures a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.


If your child is neurodivergent or facing developmental differences, Autplay Therapy can make a significant difference in their lives. Kid Counseling Montana provides a compassionate, supportive, and specialized environment where your child can flourish and reach their full potential.

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