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Therapists often start by telling the child about the playroom. In a child-centered playroom, the therapist will explain to the child that the playroom is a special playroom because the child can do whatever they want in the playroom, they do not clean up and the only rules are “no hurts for the therapist and no hurts for the child.” The therapist often explains play therapy and confidentiality with the use of books. The therapist will frequently ask the child if they know why they have come to play therapy and if the child has any questions. The therapist will often ask the child if they have any goals. Often the questions the therapist will ask has to do with the play or is part of a game. The questions therefore vary depending on the type of play therapy and the goals of the child and/or parent(s)/caregiver(s).
The goal of play therapy is to help children to reprocess experiences, express their emotions, heal and grow. More specifically, for young children the goal of play therapy is often developed between the parent(s)/caregiver(s) and the therapist during parent/caregiver consultation. Young children, teens and adults also develop their own goals for therapy. Even if a parent has a goal for therapy, the therapist will also work with the child to establish their own goals for therapy. Goals may include, for example, going to bed alone, resolving separation anxiety or learning how to express feelings among others.