Play therapy relies on a client’s own interests and natural curiosities, and is carried out at their own pace. This proves extremely effective for psychologists in prompting communication and building positive relationships, with the primary goal being to help clients prevent or resolve psycho-social difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. Below we’ll look at the most prevalent types of this therapy and the best toy resources designed to assist with healthy development.


Real-Life and Nurturing Play Therapy

This type of play allows for the exploration of real life experiences in a safe environment and can be used to set limits with the client. Additionally, it can provide the opportunity for the development of self-control, self-understanding, social skills and empathy. Toys include:

Play kitchens and food



Play money


Creative and Expressive Play Therapy

This allows for the expression of a wide range of feelings, wants and needs, oftentimes symbolically (without the need for verbalisation). It provides the opportunity for emotional release and the development of self-understanding, self esteem, identity and social skills. Toys include:

Arts and Crafts Supplies



Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow


Directive Play Therapy

This involves more structured activities with clearer instructions and can be more preferable for some clients and/or sessions. Toys include:

Therapeutic games   

Family games 




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