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Play Therapy for Kids in Broward County
(Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, & Plantation, FL)

Wondering How Play Therapy Can Help Your Child & Family?

At Bayview Therapy, we specialize in providing expert counseling services tailored to children and families. We understand that young ones often face unique challenges and emotions that can be difficult to express verbally. That's where play therapy comes in as a powerful tool for healing, growth, and improved family dynamics.

As a parent, seeing your child struggling and not knowing how to help is difficult. Whether your family is looking to address emotional, behavioral, or communication difficulties, play therapy interventions can help build the therapeutic relationship, address difficult feelings, learn communication skills and healthy coping skills. Through play therapy, children can learn problem-solving skills, gain confidence, process their emotions, and so much more. 

Play therapy is an evidenced based counseling approach specifically designed for children. It harnesses the natural language of children - play - to help them express themselves, understand their feelings, and navigate their world. Our expert counselors are trained to create a safe and nurturing environment where your child can explore their thoughts, beliefs, emotions, fears, and hopes through various play-based activities.

Play therapy serves as a powerful catalyst for emotional well-being, creating a safe and controlled environment where children can freely explore and express their emotions. It goes a step further by aiding children in comprehending and effectively managing their emotions, ultimately contributing to their mental health and overall sense of well-being.

From a social perspective, play therapy is a valuable tool for enhancing relationships by instilling essential social skills in children. It acts as a fertile ground for the cultivation of empathy, promoting a deeper understanding of others' perspectives, and encouraging vital traits like cooperation and negotiation. In the dynamic interaction of play therapy, children acquire the ability to communicate effectively, decipher social cues, and respect boundaries – skills that significantly enrich their relationships with peers and adults alike.


Furthermore, play therapy serves as a fertile ground for nurturing personal strengths and resilience in children. Within the confines of therapeutic play, children discover their interests, harness their creativity, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and cultivate resilience. Here, they're free to experiment, make mistakes, learn, and grow, fostering an enduring sense of confidence and self-esteem.

The influence of play therapy extends far beyond the therapy room, permeating every aspect of a child's life. It becomes an integral part of their communication, emotional wellness, social relationships, and personal growth. By embracing the profound power of play, we open doors to unleash the untapped potential within our children, charting a course toward a healthier, happier future.

As a parent, it’s natural to want to see your child happy, healthy and thriving. Play therapy can be a powerful tool in helping your child overcome challenges and express themselves. By working with a play therapist, your child can develop skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. Your child can thrive and reach their full potential with the right support.

Why Chose Play Therapy?


Throughout history, the therapeutic power of play has transcended centuries. Even the ancient philosophers of Greece, including Plato, recognized its significance, as he once eloquently stated, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." Fast forward to today, and we find that play therapy has evolved into an evidence-based approach embraced by therapists for the treatment of children.

So, what makes play therapy such a compelling choice?


Simply put, play is an innate and spontaneous form of expression for children. It serves as their natural language, enabling them to convey thoughts and emotions without the confines of words. When children engage in play, they enter their comfort zone, their truest selves.  

Play therapy is a powerful tool between the child and the therapist translating the intrinsic language into a therapeutic framework where healing, understanding and growth can flourish. It provides a non-threatening environment where the child can freely express his or her thoughts and feelings through play. This, in turn, gives the therapist a glimpse into the child's world, helping them to understand the child better and build a bond of trust.

Here are some of the reasons why play therapy is effective. 

  • Child-Centered Approach: Play therapy is centered around your child's unique needs and developmental stage. Our expert counselors are skilled at adapting their techniques to match your child's age, interests, and challenges.

  • Effective Communication: Many children find it challenging to put their feelings into words. Play therapy provides them with a non-verbal outlet to express themselves, helping our counselors gain insights into their emotions and experiences.

  • Healing Through Play: Play therapy allows children to process difficult experiences and emotions in a safe and structured way. It empowers them to develop coping skills, resilience, and a better understanding of themselves.

  • Strengthening Family Bonds: Play therapy isn't just for individual healing; it can also strengthen family bond and attachment within each relationship. This is an important component of successful counseling because parents have an important role in the healing process of our children. Our expert counselors can work with your family to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and foster a harmonious home environment.

  • Empowerment and Growth: Through play therapy, children gain a sense of control over their emotions and behavior. They learn valuable life skills that promote emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and personal growth.

Empowering Children & Families Through Play Therapy


Play therapy emerges as an invaluable resource, offering effective support to children facing various emotional challenges. It stands out as particularly impactful for those grappling with anxiety, stress, phobias or trauma, providing a safe and expressive avenue to confront their fears and anxieties head-on. Beyond that, it extends its helping hand to children navigating the complexities of academic or social issues, aiding them in developing the resilience and skills needed to thrive in these domains.

Furthermore, play therapy shines as a guiding light for children grappling with sleeping problems, whether it be recurring nightmares, disturbed sleep, or insomnia. It unlocks the power of healing for those who have endured traumatic experiences, allowing them to process and recover from the emotional scars. In cases where children may appear withdrawn or unhappy, play therapy acts as a bridge to rekindle their zest for life and rediscover their inner joy.

Moreover, for children displaying inappropriate behaviors, it serves as a transformative tool to channel their emotions and actions more positively. In the complex landscape of divorce, play therapy lends its support to children navigating two homes, providing a safe space for them to explore their feelings and concerns. Additionally, it offers a much-needed outlet for children who struggle with self-expression, empowering them to communicate their thoughts, emotions, and needs effectively.

In essence, play therapy stands as a beacon of hope and healing for children facing a myriad of challenges, nurturing their emotional well-being and fostering a brighter path forward.

In addition to Play Therapy, we also incorporate modalities such as Sand Tray Therapy, Art Assisted Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Parent Coaching, and other evidenced-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR Therapy (when clinically appropriate). We even have our own dog therapist (AKC Certified) at the Plantation office - Dr. Benny - who loves every child and family he meets. 

While we provide a variety of services to assist children, pre-teens, and teens, these are areas of focus:        


  • Academic challenges               

  • ADHD  

  • Anxiety & panic disorders             

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

  • Behavioral issues

  • Bullying

  • College preparation

  • Depression & mood disorders

  • Divorce & life transitions                                     

  • OCD

  • Oppositional & defiant behaviors

  • Parent child conflict & sibling conflict

  • Psychological testing & evaluations  

  • Resilience building

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-harm & high-risk behaviors

  • Social life & coping skills                  

  • Substance misuse & relapse prevention  

  • Trauma & PTSD     


Our expert therapists and psychologists are warm and compassionate, yet professional, so your child or teenager can feel comfortable.  We collaborate appropriately with parents so you can feel assured that your children from 5 years old and above will feel safe and open to engaging in the therapeutic process.  We also collaborate and consult as needed with other professionals or significant individuals in your child or teen's life – teachers, guidance counselors, or psychiatrists to ensure we are meeting your child or teenager's needs.  

Contact us at 954-391-5305 to discuss how play therapy can be beneficial for your child and family today.  

Let us Help Your Child & Family Thrive


Play therapy is more than just play. It's a powerful counseling tool that can help children navigate their emotions, confront challenges, and develop essential life skills. With its numerous benefits, it's no wonder that play therapy is becoming a go-to approach for child therapists worldwide.

Play therapy provides a fun and engaging way to have your child participate in counseling. It offers us the unique opportunity to see the world through your child's eyes. Although play therapy techniques are most commonly used with children 3 to 12 years old, they are also beneficial for some teens and families.

If you have additional questions about whether play therapy in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Plantation is the best approach for your child or family, give us a call for your complimentary consultation at 954.391.5305.


We're happy to answer your questions and connect you with a play therapist who would be a great fit for your child and family's unique needs and goals. We look forward to speaking with you! 

Additional Counseling Services at Our Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, & Plantation, FL Offices

Play therapy isn’t the only counseling and psychological service we provide in our Fort LauderdaleCoral Springs, and Plantation offices. We help children, teens, families and couples across their life span... Sometimes, life gets complicated and you or your loved ones may be struggling with more than one challenge. Keep in mind, you're not alone... no matter what you're going through, we're here to help! 


Our expert psychologists and counselors at Bayview Therapy specialize in different areas. We offer a wide range of counseling and psychological services to support our Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Davie, Weston, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and Parkland communities.


We provide therapy and psychological evaluations for children, teens, adults, couples, and families dealing with a wide variety of life's challenges across the lifespan. Some of our specialties include depression counseling; trauma therapy and EMDR therapy; teen counseling; child and family counselingcouples counseling or marriage therapy; psychiatric medication management; and more.


We also provide faith based counseling upon request and online counseling options using our secure HIPAA compliant platform.  

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